Latest Legal Decision Could Complicate Neymar’s Interest in Returning to Barcelona

You just know FC Barcelona executives couldn’t wait to release this press release.

On Friday, a judge ruled that Neymar Jr. must repay €6.7 million to Barcelona following a legal dispute that dates back to 2017 regarding bonuses totaling €43.6 million that the Paris Saint-Germain superstar believed he was owed.

A statement from Barcelona read:

“FC Barcelona expresses its satisfaction with the verdict announced today by Social Court 15 in Barcelona in relation to the lawsuit involving FC Barcelona and the player Neymar Jr. regarding the amount of the signing bonus in the final renewal of the player’s contract.”

“The ruling has fully dismissed the player’s claim for repayment of €43.6 million, and has accepted a large part of the defence presented by FC Barcelona, as a result of which the player must return €6.7 million to the club.”

Neymar is expected to appeal the decision but things are getting ugly between the two sides, which parted ways in 2017 when PSG paid a world-record €222 million.

The 28-year-old is constantly linked with a transfer back to Barcelona but I find it hard to believe that these two camps can battle in court over bonuses and then be cordial enough to complete a major transfer. I could be wrong but I don’t typically sue an employer I would like to work for one day.

If Neymar can lead PSG to its first UEFA Champions League title later this summer, it would immediately boost his legacy in the game and make him a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or with teammate Kylian Mbappé. If that happens, who needs Barcelona?

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2 Comments

  1. Dan Burcea says:

    Neymar 2019/2020 season so far: games: 22, goals: 18, assists: 10!
    Mbappé 2019/2020 season so far: games: 33, goals: 30, assists: 17!
    “…make him (Neymar) a strong contender for the Ballon d’Or with teammate Kylian Mbappé”! This make sense, but another “if” is required: “if” Ballon d’Or this year it will be awarded for to two players instant!!!

  2. Milo Cutter says:

    Mbappe is much much better. He wants Barca despite this ruling he was even willing to pay part of his release fee to get out of PSG. He wants to go to the best club in the world no matter what. PSG is a joke club.

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