Soccer player Dani Alves was set to appear in a Barcelona court on Tuesday accused of having sexually assaulted a young woman.
The Brazilian football star was arrested on January 20, 2023 and has been held in detention for over a year amid fears that he was a flight risk.
The alleged assault took place at a Barcelona nightclub in December 2022. State prosecutors are seeking a nine-year prison sentence.
Rape convictions carry a maximum prison sentence of 15 years in Spain.
Alves has denied any wrongdoing.
Short trial expected
The 40-year-old arrived at the court on Monday, having been driven from the Brians 2 Prison where he had been held since his arrest.
Alves, who had previously played for Barcelona, was ordered to set aside €150,000 ($162,000) that he would have to pay the alleged victim if found guilty.
The trial is expected to last until Wednesday.
He has also played for major teams such as Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain as well as helping Brazil win two Copa America trophies and an Olympic gold medal.
At the time of his arrest, Alves was playing for the Mexican team Pumas, but his contract was terminated due to his legal troubles.