Brazilian police said on Tuesday they had recommended no rape charges against football star Neymar.
A woman he met online had said he flew her to Paris and assaulted her in a hotel there.
Neymar had denied the accusations and released private chats and lurid photos they had exchanged.
That led to a separate police inquiry into whether he had committed a crime by posting intimate pictures online.
Sponsor Nike had gone on to say it was concerned about the accusations and Mastercard called off an advertising campaign featuring the football player.
Brazil prosecutors now have 15 days to decide whether they would follow the police recommendations or file rape charges anyway, although they usually defer to police guidance.
An injury in the Copa America last month led Neymar to sit out the tournament, which Brazil won, and to miss pre-season training with his club Paris St-Germain (PSG).
Neymar stoked speculation of a return to Spain’s FC Barcelona this month after sharing a video of himself on social media wearing a shirt from his former club.(Reuters/NAN)