Neymar

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN STAR NEYMAR BEGINS BARCA COURT CASE

Just hours after scoring the only goal as Paris Saint-Germain beat bitter rivals Olympique de Marseille 1-0 in Ligue 1's Le Classique on Sunday, Neymar was in court in Barcelona on Monday. The Brazil international appeared in Barcelona with eight others to face fraud and corruption charges which date back to 2013 and his move from Santos to the Catalan giants.

Why is Neymar in court?

Brazilian investment firm DIS owned 40% of Neymar's rights when he was a Santos player. DIS allege that his move from Brazil to Barcelona was incorrectly valued and understated. DIS are pushing the charges against him and Neymar is a named defendant alongside his parents, former Barca presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu as well as representatives of both clubs and Santos president Odilio Rodrigues. Reuters reports that all nine deny any wrongdoing.

PSG chief insists Neymar is not close to leaving the club

Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has revealed that Neymar is not close to parting ways with Les Parisiens despite the strong interest from Barcelona in re-signing him. The Brazil international has not featured for Les Parisiens since the return for pre-season training but Leonardo has indicated that has nothing to do with the stance regarding his future.

Neymar Disclose His Three-Man Shortlist

Neymar, the Brazilian superstar footballer, has named the three players whom top his shortlist for this year's Ballon d'Or Award. Neymar feels these three should come in the final.

Whilst the FIFA Best Men's Player Award was contested by Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamed Salah, Luka Modric (and was eventually picked up by Real Madrid’s Luka Modric), just one of that trio makes it into Neymar’s chosen selection for the more prestigious Ballon D’Or Award - the PSG striker thinks Cristiano Ronaldo (now at Juventus, with Neymar rumoured to be taking his place) should definitely be on the list.

BARCA CHASE COUTINHO AFTER NEYMAR SNUB

Liverpool faced Hoffenheim to get through the final round of UEFA Champions League qualifiers without the services of Phillipe Coutinho.

After an opening day Premier League clash with Marcos Silva’s Watford that ended with Britos equalizing for the Hornets at the dead end of the match, the Reds were under immense pressure to quickly get their defensive act together if they were to have the chance of participating in a tournament they toiled day and night to be part of last season.