Only Pele now stands in front of Neymar on Brazil’s all-time scorers list, after the PSG forward netted a hattrick in the Seleção’s 4-2 win over Peru.
Two penalties in both halves and a tap-in left 64 goals in 103 games surpassing Ronaldo, who scored 62 goals in 98 games for Brazil in a 17-year long career. Only the legendary Pele, with 77 goals, now stands in front of Neymar.
Ronaldo enjoyed a blistering career with both club and country. The former Real Madrid superstar clinched two World Cups and Copa America titles, along with a Confederation Cup, in his international career.
Ronaldo’s former teammate, World Cup winning goalie Taffarel, in August spoke about his high expectations for PSG forward who he says, like “El fenomeno” before him, should lead Brazil to a world title. \
“Neymar is a great player. He plays the game in a beautiful way. He’s an incredible dribbler, sets up goals, scores fantastic goals. He’s very important for us. We really hope he can be at his best and help Brazil win another World Cup. He’s a superstar,” Taffarel told the official FIFA website.
He added: “I cheered a lot for Paris [in the Champions League final] because of the Brazilians who play there.
“I really wanted Neymar to win this Champions League and, consequently, The Best FIFA [Men’s Player] award. But it’s just one day. I really hope in the future he can win this award and be considered the best player in the world.”