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Barcelona & Neymar end long-standing legal battle

Jamie Spencer
Neymar & Barcelona have dropped a total of four legal cases against each other
Neymar & Barcelona have dropped a total of four legal cases against each other / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images
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Barcelona have announced an end the outstanding legal battle with former player Neymar that erupted in the wake of the Brazilian’s 2017 world record transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, with both sides dropping their claims against the other.

Neymar sensationally quit Camp Nou when PSG triggered a €222m release clause to make him the most expensive player of all time. The very public split left a sour taste in the mouth of both parties and eventually sparked several legal challenges and counter claims.

Neymar sued the club over an unpaid loyalty bonus he believed he was entitled to relating to a new contract he signed in 2016. But Barça in turn sued the player, claiming a breach of contract.

A court eventually ruled in favour of the club in June 2020, dismissing Neymar’s claim and ordering the Brazilian to pay his former employers a sum of €6.7m

Neymar's 2017 transfer to PSG sparked numerous legal challenges between the player & Barcelona
Neymar's 2017 transfer to PSG sparked numerous legal challenges between the player & Barcelona / AFP Contributor/Getty Images

A separate legal case had been launched by Neymar in February 2020 relating to ‘contingency payments’ he was personally liable for to help secure his 2013 transfer from Santos.

Towards the end of 2020, Barça launched a new case against Neymar, believing they had overpaid the player by more than €10m after looking back at their 2015 financial records.

In total three labour and one civil litigation case between the parties remained outstanding until now, all of which have been dropped following an out of court agreement. The club has described the situation as ‘amicable’.

Neymar played 186 times in four years as a Barça player, scoring 105 goals and winning two La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey, the Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup.

He has been with PSG for four years already and recently signed a new contract until 2025.


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