Lionel Messi’s tax trial in Barcelona, began in his absence on Tuesday.
The forward and his father have both been with three counts of tax fraud worth €4.1 million dating back to 2007 to 2009.
The Barcelona star will testify personally on Thursday, days before his country plays Chile in the opening fixture of the Copa America.
His lawyer Enrique Bacigalupo was present for the start of proceedings at the Eighth Court of Barcelona.
Messi had been set to avoid a trial on the grounds that his father Jorge Messi was apparently responsible for his son’s tax obligations, but the state attorney later opted to overrule the advice of prosecutors and ordered both to take the stand.