FC Barcelona have announced that the legal battle between the club and the club’s former forward, Neymar has ended in an out-of-court settlement.
The legal battle was instigated by Neymar and his representatives who claimed that Barcelona did not pay some bonuses to him before he left the club in the summer of 2017.
Those bonuses were contained in the contract Neymar signed with Barcelona in 2016, a year before Paris Saint Germain paid Barca a world-transfer record fee of €222 million for the services of the 29-year-old forward.
After the deal and Neymar had moved to France, the Brazilian decided to slam €46.3 million suit against the Spanish club due to the unpaid bonuses. Likewise, Barcelona decided to counter sue Neymar for breaching his contract by agreeing to join PSG.
Barcelona won the counter sue in June 2020 and the Judge that presided over the case directed Neymar to pay 6.7 million euros to the Spanish club.
However, Neymar and his representatives refused to accept the judgment of the Spanish court. Hence, they decided to file an appeal against the judgment.
Earlier in the week, FC Barcelona who are currently struggling to raise money this summer by selling some of their star players, announced that the club and the Brazilian footballer have settled the legal dispute out of court.
Due to this, the appeal Neymar and his representatives filed against FC Barcelona is no longer valid; a situation Barcelona described as an “amicable” out-of-court settlement.
“FC Barcelona announces that it has ended out of court amicably the various labor and civil litigation cases that were open with the Brazilian player Neymar,” read the club’s statement.
“As such, a transactional agreement between the club and the player has been signed to end the legal cases that were pending between the two parties.”
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Neymar who renewed his contract with PSG earlier this year is currently enjoying his holiday after he helped Brazil to get to the final of the Copa America. Unfortunately for him, Brazil lost the trophy to Argentina on July 11, 2021.
During the tournament, the 29-year-old Brazilian football star made appearances in which he scored 2 goals and provided 3 assists.
His current contract with PSG will expire on June 30, 2025. The Brazil international has scored a total of 87 goals and provided 52 assists in 116 appearances in all competitions.