It has been a while since Neymar left Barcelona to join Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain for a record-breaking fee of 222 million euros. Barcelona snapped up Neymar as a youngster and nurtured him well at Camp Nou where he developed a formidable attacking force in La Liga alongside club captain Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. He won the continental treble in 2015 as MSN went on a goal-scoring spree under Luis Enrique’s guidance. Neymar already won the Puskas award during his time in Santos back in 2011.
Barcelona prospered with Neymar Jr. on their side
Barcelona scouted the youngster just right as he kept on putting up eye-catching performances. Fans were excited to see the margin of win Barca pulled off every match with a goal difference of 6-0 or 7-0. The Catalan club was hopeful with Neymar on their side as a potential replacement for Lionel Messi in the future. He also led the remontada against Paris Saint Germain in the 2016-17 season when he scored twice and assisted the final goal to ensure the Blaugrana’s qualification to the next round. However, things started to fall apart when the French club triggered the Brazilian’s staggering release clause.
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The famous post by Gerard Pique comes up with the caption ‘Se Queda’ comes up a highlight with Neymar accepting the move to the Ligue 1 side. Barcelona fans felt betrayed and branded the player as a money-minded figure and have no passion for the game of football.
Neymar’s tax debt in Spain haunting him to date
Nevertheless, Neymar has come a long way since his time at Barcelona as he is winning trophies and scoring goals almost every match he plays. PSG was able to gather the domestic quadruple in 2019-20 and paved his path to their first Champions League final feature.
Even though Neymar left Barcelona but his debts in Spain did not. Reports say the Brazilian has the highest amount of unpaid taxes than any person in the country with about 34.6 million euros, as per El Mundo. There is also a struggle of economic disparity as Barcelona did not calculate the proper amount to be paid for Neymar back in 2015.
Spanish tax authorities are now willing to take steps accordingly to redeem the money they owed from the Catalan outfit. There have been many economical disputes and once Barcelona sued the player for demanding a loyalty bonus in a contract signed in 2016 for about 26 million euros. The Blaugrana still wanted the player to make a return in 2019 but could not meet the demands of PSG.