Neymar made history for Brazil by surpassing Ronaldo Nazario as the Selecao’s second-highest goal scorer in history against Peru.
Neymar scored a hat-trick against Peru in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier which helped Brazil register a 4-2 win on Tuesday evening.
He had gone four games without finding the back of the net for Brazil since scoring away to Columbia in July 2019.
It would be fair to say that Neymar’s career has been up and down since his move to Paris Saint-German in 2017.
There can be no denying that 2020 is turning out to be a great year for him.
The 28-year-old has now scored 64 goals in 103 games surpassing Ronaldo, who scored 62 goals in 98 games for Brazil in a 17-year long career.
Only Pele who netted 77 times, has scored more goals for Brazil than Neymar.
Legendary Brazilian goalkeeper Taffarel believes that Neymar is a “superstar” player who can help the country town their sixth World Cup title.
“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,” Tafarrel added.
However, Neymar went one better with his masterclass in the 4-2 win over Peru, which elevates his Brazil side to the top of the 2022 World Cup qualifying table for South America after two games.
It’s the fourth time that Neymar has scooped the match ball in Brazil colors, replicating the feat he achieved against China in 2012 and South Africa and Japan in 2014.
Neymar Surpasses Ronaldo as Brazil’s second-highest goalscorer
Star striker Neymar surpassed Ronaldo and became the second most goal-scorer for Brazil with a hat-trick against Peru in the World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
The most notable fact about Neymar’s masterclass was that it elevated his international record to 64 goals in 103 caps, newly making him Brazil’s second all-time top scorer.
In fact, Neymar drew level, overtook then pulled clear of Ronaldo Nazario, who scored 62 goals in 98 appearances for Brazil, all within the space smashing three past Peru.