Neymar beats Pele’s record to become Brazil’s all-time top scorer

Neymar beats Pele’s record to become Brazil’s all-time top scorer

Neymar has surpassed Pelé’s long-standing record for the highest goal scorer in the history of the Brazilian men’s national team, achieving his 78th and 79th career goals for the Seleção during a dominant 5-1 victory against Bolivia last Friday.


Neymar’s historic 78th goal occurred in the 61st minute of a World Cup qualifier held in Belém, Brazil. Rodrygo skillfully received a cross and cleverly evaded a Bolivian defender before being fouled, resulting in the ball fortuitously landing at Neymar’s feet, allowing him to effortlessly find the back of the net.

This goal extended Brazil’s lead to 4-0, with Neymar sealing the deal by adding another goal in the closing moments of stoppage time, bringing his international tally to 79 career strikes.

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At 31 years of age and recently joining Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia, Neymar achieved this milestone in 125 caps. Notably, his record-tying 77th goal was scored during a World Cup quarterfinal match against Croatia the previous year.

It’s worth noting that FIFA officially recognizes Neymar as the record holder, but the Brazilian federation maintains that the late Pelé scored 95 goals for Brazil, as they include matches against club sides, which FIFA does not consider as official games.

Nevertheless, both Pelé and Neymar concede the top spot as all-time leading goal scorers for the Brazil national team to Marta, who boasts an astonishing 115 goals.