Neymar surpasses Pele as the top scorer in Brazilian history

Brazilian Neymar celebrates scoring his team's fifth goal against Bolivia during a 2026 World Cup qualifying soccer match at Manguerao Stadium in Belem, Brazil, Friday, September 8, 2023. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Neymar was not sure if he would play for Brazil again. He is now the top scorer for the men’s team. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

Neymar has a new place in Brazilian football history.

The Al Hilal star scored twice in Brazil’s 5-1 win over Bolivia on Friday, with the first goal surpassing the immortal Pele as the all-time top scorer for the Brazilian national team. Neymar entered the match tied with Pele. Who died last Decemberwith 77 goals in his career.

The historic goal came in the 61st minute when Neymar shot a ball that slipped past his teammate. Rodrigo Giving Brazil a 4-0 lead. Celebrate the goal by imitating Pele’s punch in the air.

Neymar added another goal in stoppage time.

This event comes with some minor caveats. Associated Press It points out that the Brazilian Football Confederation actually considers Pele to have scored 95 goals in 114 matches during his career – rather than 77 goals in 92 matches – but FIFA does not record national team friendlies played against clubs. While Neymar now tops the all-time scoring charts for the Brazilian men’s team, Marta remains the country’s top scorer with 115 goals for the women’s team.

However, Friday marked a momentous occasion for one of Brazil’s greatest stars. It’s been an eventful year for the former Ballon d’Or finalist He was one of many big stars to make a lucrative move to the Saudi Professional League During the recent transfer period.

neymar, Who underwent ankle surgery in Marchwas also playing in his first match for the national team since Brazil’s disappointing quarter-final loss Croatia At the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He was Visible sadness after the final whistle blewhaving equaled Pele’s 77 goals scored earlier in the match but missed out on the chance to break the record on the world’s biggest stage.

Losing was tough enough like Neymar He admitted that he was unsure about his future with BrazilWho has not lifted the World Cup since 2002, but eventually decided to play again for his country. He didn’t have to wait long to experience a special event.

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