Triple scorer in Peru (2-4) last night, Neymar became a little more of a legend in Brazilian football. Indeed, the Paris Saint-Germain striker dethroned Ronaldo ( tested positive for covid 19), as the second best scorer in the Seleçao, and is now aiming for the absolute record held by Pele.
Neymar hunting Pelé record
For those who still doubted it, Neymar is an exceptional player. But the Paris Saint-Germain striker, still has a lot to prove in his homeland, where he lacks the aura of his illustrious predecessors.
Although he has managed to win the Confederations Cup and the Olympic Games, the Paris Saint-Germain striker has still not managed to get his hands, on a World Cup or a Copa America.
While he will soon have the opportunity to rectify the situation, the Santos-trained player is making his own way on an individual level.
R9 overtaken, Pele in the line of fire
Indeed the former Barcelona man writes his legend with the Seleçao match after match. Already scorer against Bolivia (5-0) four days earlier, Neymar scored a hat-trick in Peru (2-4) last night.
Four goals in less than a week that brought his total to 64 goals in 103 caps. A very solid record that makes him the second highest scorer in the history of the Seleçao.
And for good reason, he has finally managed to surpass his glorious elder, Ronaldo, who was stuck at 62 pawns in 98 caps, during his 17 years with the Auriverde tunic. A performance all the more incredible given that Neymar is only 28 years old.
Nevertheless, it should be remembered that Ronaldo did not score beyond his 30th birthday in 2006, after having reached the 58-goal mark at the same age in 2004. He also suffered a blackout of almost 30 months between July 1999 and February 2002 due to two serious knee injuries.
Still, Neymar is following in the footsteps of the greats and has only one player left to resist him in the person of Pele. The three-time world champion, who also reached the 64-goal mark at 28 spring, is now just 13 short points ahead of the Parisian, with 77 goals in 92 outings.
Neymar can go for another Ronaldo
Barring a catastrophe, King Pele’s record should not last more than two years if Neymar keeps its current rhythm, especially as international matches will follow one another in the coming months.
In addition to the record of his model, the PSG star could aim even higher by trying to find the top scorer in the history of the national teams.
For the time being, he is held by Ali Daei (109), who finds himself in great danger with the canonical return of Cristiano Ronaldo (101). But with 7 years younger than CR7 and some good years ahead of him, Neymar, 23rd in this ranking where only Romelu Lukaku (47) is under 30 years old among the 62 players with at least 50 goals for the national team, has everything to achieve.
The TOP 10 top scorers in Brazil
- Pele: 77 goals in 92 games (1957-1971)
- Neymar: 64 goals in 103 games (2010-)
- Ronaldo: 62 goals in 98 games (1994-2011)
- Romario: 55 goals in 70 games (1987-2005)
- Zico: 48 goals in 71 games (1976-1989)
- Bebeto: 39 goals in 75 games (1985-1998)
- Rivaldo: 35 goals in 74 matches (1993-2003)
- Jairzinho: 33 goals in 81 games (1964-1982)
- Ronaldinho: 33 goals in 97 games (1999-2013)
- Ademir: 32 goals in 39 matches (1945-1953)