Barcelona have to pay 8.5 million euros to ex-player for unjustified termination of contract

Barcelona have been ordered to pay €8.5m to former midfielder Matheus Fernandes over the unlawful termination of his contract, Cadena SER journalist Santi Ovalle reported.

The Blaugrana signed Brazilian midfielder Fernandes for a transfer fee of €7m (€3.5m in bonuses) in the January 2020 transfer window under former president Josep Maria Bartomeu. He was loaned to Real Valladolid in the same window and returned to the Camp Nou in June 2020.

Fernandes, initially dubbed Sergio Busquets’ successor, was never unveiled as a Barcelona player and his contract was terminated by current president Joan Laporta on June 29, 2021. The drastic step was taken to remove unwanted players and reduce the club’s wage costs.

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A year and a half after Fernandes’ contract was terminated, the Spanish judiciary ruled the incident unfair. As a penalty, Barcelona were ordered to pay the 24-year-old a whopping €8.5m.

Fernandes played just 17 minutes of football for the Camp Nou side in an inconsequential UEFA Champions League group game against Dynamo Kyiv.


Matheus Fernandes claims Barcelona never treated him like a footballer

After seeing his contract with Barcelona terminated out of the blue, Matheus Fernandes held a face-to-face conversation with Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte in July 2021.

He claimed the termination came as a shock and the club hadn’t shown him the courtesy to break the news via a phone call. Fernandes said:

“I didn’t know and when they told me I couldn’t believe it. I was at home; I was dating my wife and received a message from the club asking if I have the same email address. I confirmed it and then received it.

I did not understand it. I sent it to my manager and attorney. They said it was my dismissal. Time passed and my name appeared in the press. No conversation, nothing; They didn’t even call to say hello and goodbye.”

Matheus Fernandes cost Barcelona €20.5million combined with the transfer fee, salary and termination compensation while playing a total of 17 minutes for the club. 🤦🏻‍♂️

Fernandes revealed he dreamed of playing for the Blaugrana but said he was never treated like a Barcelona player.

“As a kid, I always had a dream to play for Barcelona. When I got there, they didn’t treat me like a soccer player. I told the director that he doesn’t treat me like a professional Barcelona player.

I was a Barcelona player and I wanted to be treated like that. The other signings had a presentation and I didn’t. I was angry. When I looked at it from the outside I thought one thing, but when I got there they treated me differently.”

After the abrupt end of his Barcelona career, Fernandes returned to Palmeiras as a free agent. His contract with the Brazilian club ends in December this year.

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