On Friday, a court in Barcelona dismissed Neymar’s claim of 43.6 million euros for Barca, claiming that the PSG star had to pay the former club 6.7 million euros.
This is really a bitter fruit for Neymar, after persistent lawsuits with the Camp Nou team since 2017.
In February, Neymar continued to drag Barca to court to demand up to 6.5 million euros. This lawsuit by Neymar aims to ask Barca to pay the money they owe the player in the transfer from Santos to Barca in the summer of 2013.
The star, born in 1992, believes that Barca must pay for the above sum of money in the sub-contracts that the Spanish club once offered to seduce Neymar to leave Santos until 2013.
However, while this lawsuit has not been resolved, Neymar has lost white in three lawsuits related to charges loyal to Barca.
“The Barcelona club was very pleased with the verdict from the city’s civil court on June 19,” the Catalonia home page wrote. “The lawsuit involves a player’s loyalty fee when he signed a new contract with Barca. The ruling from the court rejected the request for 43.6 million euros of loyal money from the player, and forced Neymar to return 6.7 million euros to the club.
“Because the player’s representative has the right to appeal this decision, Barca will continue to fight to protect their legitimate rights,” the Barca statement confirmed.
A player’s loyalty fee, also known as a “bribe fee” when a player signs a new contract with their current club is nothing new in modern football.
However, in Barca, things are more complicated when the Catalonia team often pays huge loyalty fees to the big stars when persuading them to stay.
Lionel Messi is such a case. Every time he signed a new contract with Barca, every time the club of Catalonia had to spend tens of millions of euros for the Argentine superstar. The same is true for Neymar.
In fact, Barca’s shady business activities are also the reason they pay so much for the players when they sign a new contract. For example, if a player receives a bribe instead of a high salary in the new contract, Barca will reduce the personal income tax on the player.
According to the Spanish media, in January 2016, when signing a new contract with the release fee of 222 million euros with Barca, Neymar was promised to pay 40 million euros of loyalty fee (that amount is now court confirmed 43.6 million euros), divided into 2 payments.
In the first payment of Barca, a 27-year-old striker received 14 million euros. The remaining amount will be paid once Neymar stays in the club until July 31, 2017. This provision is the reason why Neymar and his family deliberately delayed the transfer to PSG. The French club only spent money to break Neymar’s contract on August 3, 2017.
At the same time, however, when the Camp Nou hosts learned about Neymar’s intention to go to PSG, they decided not to pay the remaining bonus. Barca said that when the player moved to PSG, that means he violated the contract.
Neymar sued Barca for the first time to claim loyalty money in January 2018, the second time in September 2019, and the third time in December 2019.
To be able to receive a huge “loyalty fee” of up to 43.6 million euros in a lawsuit with Barca, the Neymar father and son have continued to rely on Juan de Dios Crespo, the famous lawyer in the football world.
Crespo used to hold a 222 million euro suitcase to the La Liga organizing committee office to free Neymar’s contract in the summer of 2017. Crespo and his colleagues wanted to prove that Neymar did not violate the contract agreement with Barca, when No action “go night” with PSG before 31/7.
In order to do that, they must use the evidence from PSG to increase the weight of the lawsuit. However, PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi later confirmed he would not testify in court.
This is one of the reasons why the Neymar side failed to bring a lawsuit before the court in Barcelona.
Khelaifi’s refusal to testify in Neymar’s case against Barca has many causes. The Qatari boss himself has been in a lot of trouble with the European court. In February, Khelaifi was charged with bribery by the Swiss Attorney General’s Office (OAG).
Fortunately for Khelaifi, FIFA later withdrew the lawsuit against him, after the PSG chairman was said to have paid 1 million euros to the world football authority. The OAG can only prosecute Khelaifi for inciting crimes, with lesser administrative penalties.
Earlier in May 2019, a French court accused Khelaifi of bribery for winning the right to host the 2017 and 2019 World Athletics Championships for Qatar.
“Unkindly chanting”, this businessman certainly does not want to get involved in court just because of the greedy interests of Neymar.
Another reason is that Mr. Khelaifi has been advised by the lawyers’ team that if he testifies in the case of Neymar and the Brazilian player fails, he and PSG can be used by the Barca facility to sue because the crime of “going tonight” with players.
The example of banned transfer of Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Real or Barca itself for many years is the clearest evidence for Khelaifi.