Benjamin Mendy has arrived at court in a prison van after being charged with four courts of rape and one of sexual assault.
The van arrived at Chester Magistrates' Court, escorted by a police car.
Cheshire Police, as authorised by The Crown Prosecution Service, issued the alleged charges that relate to three complainants over the age of 16.
The alleged offences are believed to have taken place between October 2020 and August this year.
Mendy's club, Manchester City, have suspended the player pending an investigation.
A police spokesman said: "Cheshire Constabulary and the Crown Prosecution Service would like to remind everyone that criminal proceedings against Mendy are live and that he has a right to a fair trial."
Manchester City added: "The matter is subject to a legal process and the club is therefore unable to make further comment until that process is complete."
Mendy moved to the Premier League club in 2017 from Monaco for a reported £52m fee.
The Frenchman started in his side's defeat at Tottenham on August 15 but was an unused sub as they beat Norwich six days later.
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