Brazil forward Neymar has told a court that he “did not participate in negotiations” over his 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona, but instead signed what his father told him to.
Neymar and eight other defendants are facing fraud and corruption charges, which they deny.
DIS, which owned 40% of the rights to the player, claims it lost out because the transfer was undervalued.
“My father always took care of it and always will,” ” Neymar Junior said.
“I didn’t participate in the negotiations. I sign everything he [his father] tells me to sign,” the Paris St-Germain player told the court in Barcelona.
“Playing for Barcelona was always my dream, a childhood dream.”
Former Barcelona presidents Josep Maria Bartomeu and Sandro Rosell, as well as former Santos president Odilio Rodrigues, are among the other defendants.
Neymar da Silva Santos, the player’s father, told the court: “We intended to prepare a career plan for him in Europe, which we already had in place. We signed that priority agreement with them because we knew it was his dream to play for Barcelona.”
The DIS wants Neymar imprisoned for five years, while Spanish prosecutors want him imprisoned for two years and fined ten million euros. They also want Rosell imprisoned for five years and Barcelona fined 8.4 million euros.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez testified in court that his club offered Santos 45 million euros in 2011 and 36 million euros in 2013 to sign Neymar, but the player chose to join Barcelona instead.
Earlier, defense lawyer Maria Masso stated that the player had not committed any crime, and that Spanish courts lack jurisdiction to prosecute the Neymar family because the alleged offenses occurred in Brazil, where they are not punishable.