Neymar closes to Pele’s record
In the list of goalscorers for Brazil, Ronaldo Nazario ranks right behind Pele and Neymar. The 1994 and 2002 World Cup winners contributed 62 goals in 98 matches. Ranked fourth is Romario with 56 goals in 70 games.
Neymar only needs to score three more goals to become brazil’s top scorer.
The penalty in a friendly win over Tunisia 5-1 was Neymar’s 75th goal for the national team.
The 30-year-old striker’s record is just two goals shy of Pele’s record.
Neymar scored for Brazil on his debut in 2010: a 2-0 win over the United States.
Since then, he has added 74 goals in 120 matches.
Experts always predict that Neymar will surpass Pele and this could become a reality by the end of 2022.
From 20/11 to 18/12, Neymar and his teammates will attend the 2022 World Cup.
They are in Group G with Serbia, Switzerland and Cameroon.
Bookmakers currently rate Brazil as the best candidate.
Pele scored 77 goals in 92 matches for Brazil. He is also the only player to have won the World Cup three times, so he is considered the greatest player in Samba.
Pele also holds the record for the youngest player ever to score for Brazil, being 16 years and nine months old when he scored against Argentina in 1957.
The oldest player to score for Brazil is Romario, who scored at the age of 39 two months against Guatemala in 2005.
Top scorers for Brazil
- Pele, 77 goals in 92 matches
- Neymar, 75 goals,121 matches
- Ronaldo Nazario, 62 goals, 98 matches
- Romario, 56 goals, 70 matches
- Zico, 48 goals, 71 matches
- Bebeto, 39 goals, 75 matches
- Rivaldo, 35 goals, 74 matches
- Jairzinho, 33 goals, 81 matches, Ronaldinho, 33 goals, 97 matches
- Ademir, 32 goals, 39 matches, Tostao, 32 goals, 54 matches