Barcelona suing Neymar for $10m signing bonus

La Liga side wants ex-striker to pay back the bonus for an October 2016 contract that tied him to the club through 2021.

    Barcelona suing Neymar for $10m signing bonus
    Neymar on Sunday helped PSG beat Toulouse in Ligue 1 [Benoit Tessier/Reuters]

    Spanish football club Barcelona is suing Brazil striker Neymar for the €8.5 million euro ($10 million) bonus it paid him for signing a contract he later broke to join French side Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on a world-record transfer.

    The La Liga giants said on Tuesday that they wanted Neymar to pay back the bonus for a contract in October 2016 that tied him to the club through 2021. They also want an additional 10 percent interest.

    Neymar was able to leave Barcelona earlier this month after PSG paid 222 million euros ($262 million) to trigger a release clause included in his contract.

    READ MORE: What could you buy for Neymar's transfer fee?

    Barcelona said in a statement that it "has taken these actions in defense of its interests after the unilateral breaking of the contract carried out by Neymar just a few months after having signed his renewal".

    The club is also demanding that PSG pay the money if Neymar is unable to do so.

    Barcelona said the suit was filed on August 11.

    On Sunday, Neymar criticised the Barcelona board after helping PSG beat Toulouse in Ligue 1.

    "I do have something to say, that I am disappointed with them (Barcelona directors)," he said.

    "I spent four very happy years there and left happy, but not with them. For me, they shouldn't be in charge of Barcelona. Barca deserve much better, and everyone knows this."

    SOURCE: News agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Is an empowered Palestinian girl not worthy of Western feminist admiration?

    Inside the world of Chinese bitcoin mining

    Inside the world of Chinese bitcoin mining

    China is one of the main exchange markets and hosts some of the biggest bitcoin 'mining pools' in the world.

    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.