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Barcelona and Neymar amicably settle lawsuits

The cases date back to the Brazilian’s time at the club

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FC Barcelona has announced that it has amicably settled all lawsuits with former player Neymar, ending a years-long conflict.

“FC Barcelona announce that it has ended out of court in amicable fashion the various labour and civil litigation cases that were open with the Brazilian player Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior,” an official statement reads.

“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: three claims related to labour and a civil case.”

The lawsuits relate to wage and bonus disputes dating back to 2017, when the Brazilian left for Paris Saint-Germain in a record breaking transfer.

Most of the lawsuits concern a loyalty bonus that the club paid only in part. When he signed a new five-year contract in 2016, he was promised a 64.4 million euro bonus. However, Barcelona paid only 20.75 million of this bonus before Neymar left. The club insisted that he was not due any more payments since he had broken the contract. However, the player demanded the full amount.

Since then, the club has made several efforts to sign Neymar again. Every time, however, the deal never came to pass.