Neymar has filed a claim to FIFA against Barcelona for an unpaid renewal bonus as the war that erupted since his world-record transfer to PSG continues, world football’s governing body has confirmed.
The wing wizard believes he is entitled to €26 million which Barca were due to pay him this summer as the second part of a bonus for the contract renewal he signed last October.
However, the Spanish giants announced after his move to PSG that they would not be paying the rest of the bonus as the requirements of the contract had not been met.
Neymar replied by saying he would fight Barcelona’s claim for compensation and FIFA has now confirmed he is also seeking payment for the second part of the renewal bonus.
“We can confirm that we received a claim from Neymar against FC Barcelona,” FIFA said. “The matter is being investigated. Please understand that at this stage we are not in a position to make any further comment.”
Barca spokesman Josep Vives had previously confirmed the club would not be making the payment because Neymar had failed to fulfil his contractual duties.
“There were three conditions — one, that the player didn’t negotiate with another club before July 31; two, that he publicly expressed his decision to fulfil his contract; and three, the payment was to be made on Sept. 1 to ensure he didn’t go to another club,” Vives said.
“With these criteria not met, the club will not pay the renewal bonus. The money is no longer with a notary but back with the club.”
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