Neymar overcame the scoring record of “Fat Ronaldo” in the Brazilian national shirt to become the second-best striker in history.
Neymar scored 3 goals to help the Brazilian team beat Peru 4-2 in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. These three goals helped Neymar score 62, 63, and 64 for the Selecao.
Thus, Neymar overcomes the scoring achievements of “fat Ronaldo” for the Brazilian team. Since his debut in 2010, Neymar has 103 appearances and has scored 64. Meanwhile, Ronaldo has scored 62 goals in 98 games.
Neymar scored 64 goals for the Brazilian team
Currently, Neymar is only behind Pele in the list of the best strikers in the history of the Brazilian team. Pele’s scoring performance is impressive as he only needs 92 games to score 77 goals, averaging 0.83 goals per game. Meanwhile, Neymar reached 0.61 goals/game.
But what’s important is that Neymar is only 28 years old and has plenty of opportunities to play for the Selecao in the coming years. Therefore, just maintaining the current scoring style, the ability to score 14 more goals to break Pele’s record is a task within reach.
Neymar became the king of assists in the World Cup qualifiers
The striker did not score for Brazil in the match against Bolivia but continued to assert the position of a king of assists in the World Cup qualifying round.
The Brazilian team opened the 2022 World Cup qualifiers with a jubilant victory over Bolivia. Of the 5 goals that have been poured into the opponent’s net, it is a pity that Neymar has no name, despite facing favorable opportunities.
Marquinhos, Roberto Firmino (double), Carrasco (own goal), and Philippe Coutinho scored, creating a 5-0 victory for Brazil.
The consolation for Neymar was that he contributed 2 assists for Firmino and Coutinho to score. It was the second time he scored a double assisting in a match after his performance against Bolivia four years ago.
So far, Neymar has reached 10 assists in the World Cup qualifiers and led the list in the South America region in the last two qualifying periods. In total, he has 44 assists for the Selecao in his career.
Neymar teammate Firmino with a double goal against Bolivia also became the fourth player under Tite to reach 10 or more goals for Brazil after Gabriel Jesus (15), Neymar (14), and Coutinho (13).