Neymar: The Paris Saint-Germain star is on trial over the 2013 transfer to Barcelona


Brazil and Paris St-Germain striker Neymar Jr. appeared alongside eight others in a Barcelona court on Monday, where he was charged with fraud and corruption over his 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona.

According to Reuters, Neymar arrived from Paris and spent about two hours in the courthouse before being excused by the judge for the rest of the day.

The case was brought by Brazilian investment firm DIS, which owned 40% of Neymar’s rights during his time at Santos and claim his move to Barcelona was undervalued.

The 30-year-old is a defendant alongside his parents, former Barcelona presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell, representatives of both clubs, and Santos president Odilio Rodrigues.

All nine accused have repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, according to Reuters.

Spanish prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison sentence and a $9.8 million fine for Neymar and a five-year prison sentence for Rosell.

Neymar is due to testify on Friday, the same day that PSG take on Ajaccio in Ligue 1.

The 30-year-old scored PSG’s winner in Le Classique against Marseille at the Parc des Princes on Sunday.