The love affair between FC Barcelona and Brazilian forward Neymar Junior continues to show that it didn’t end by mutual agreement but one party was forced to let go of the other.
Barcelona are suing the 25-year-old for 8.5m euros (£7.8m) over his world record move to Paris St-Germain. Neymar left Barca after a four-year spell for a whopping 220m euros (£20m) in a move to the French League 1 giants in August.
The transfer came just nine months after he had renewed his contract with the Spanish giants during which he was paid a huge bonus and it’s these breadcrumbs (to Barcelona) that they want back.
"The club demands the player return the already paid sum as he has not completed his contract," reads a statement on BBC Sport.
The club also wants the player to pay "an additional 10% because of delayed payment".
"The club also requests Paris St-Germain take on responsibility for the payment of these fees if the player cannot do so himself," further reads the statement.
According to reports, the lawsuit was submitted on 11 August to the Labour Tribunal in Barcelona.
After the transfer, Barcelona revealed that they were withholding a further 26m euro (£23m) loyalty bonus from the player. Over the weekend, Neymar criticized Barcelona’s directors after PSG’s 6-2 win over Toulouse in which he scored a brace.
"I spent four beautiful years there and parted happy. But with [the board], no. For me, they are not the people who should be there, for the direction of Barca. Barca deserve much better," he said.
In the past, Barcelona sued former president Juan Laporta for losses made by the club during his reign but lost the case.