Paris Saint Germain striker, Neymar is dragging his former club, Barcelona to court for £2.9m in unpaid wages from his previous four-year stay at the Spanish club.
The 27-year-old Brazilian footballer who signed for Barcelona in 2013 from Brazilian club Santos has accused Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu of acting with ‘absolute bad faith’ since he joined the Ligue 1 champions for a world-record £198m fee in 2017.
According to Spanish outlet El Mundo, Neymar now believes he is owed £2.9m (€3.5m) in unpaid wages in addition to the £36.2m (€43.6m) he thinks he is owed via a renewal bonus.
The report also details that Barcelona believe they are owed money from selling Neymar, ”due to the first part of a renewal bonus, alongside £7m (€8.5m) in damages and interest.”
In an interview with Cadena Ser, Neymar Santos Sr, who serves as an agent to his son, said that the action was part of the original suit and expressed optimism that everything would be settled amicably.
“It’s a demand about his termination when he left the club,” Neymar’s father said, adding that ”Neither Barcelona nor us are worried. We will solve this situation.”
With the current court battle, It’s now unclear if Neymar will return to Barcelona despite rumors in the summer linking him with a return to the Nou Camp.