Neymar could surpass the legendary Pele at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and climb to the top of Brazil’s all-time top scorers list. The 30-year-old, who looks back to his best with Paris Saint Germain this season, will no doubt have Pele’s record in his sights. Judging by the former Santos and Barcelona man’s impressive record at the World Cup finals, leapfrogging Pele looks a nailed on certainty as long as Neymar can steer clear of injuries.
Whereas this season, Neymar has 11 goals and eight assists from 11 matches. Neymar also sits fourth in Brazil’s most capped players list with just Dani Alves (124), Roberto Carlos (125) and Cafu (142) ahead of the trickster. Having moved just two goals behind Pele, HITC Sport takes a look at Brazil’s all-time top scorers.
BRAZIL’S ALL-TIME TOP SCORERS
1 – Pele (77 goals from 92 caps)
2 – Neymar (75 goals from 121 caps)
3 – Ronaldo (62 goals from 98 caps)
4 – Romario (56 goals from 70 caps)
5 – Zico (48 goals from 71 caps)
6 – Bebeto – (39 goals from 75 caps)
7 – Rivaldo (35 goals from 74 caps)
8 – Jairzinho (33 goals from 81 caps) and Ronaldinho (33 goals from 97 caps)
While Neymar’s place in Brazil folklore is already assured, winning the World Cup will be crucial to put himself on a pedestal with the likes of Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Pele.