Neymar Surpasses Pele’s Record To Become Brazil’s All-time Highest Goal Scorer

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In a riveting 2026 World Cup qualifying match, Neymar Jr, the dynamic forward of Al Hilal in Saudi Arabia, etched his name in the annals of Brazilian football history. With a commanding performance in the heart of the Amazon city of Belém, he surpassed the legendary Pele to claim the title of Brazil’s all-time men’s top scorer. The scoreline spoke volumes: Brazil 5, Bolivia 1.

Before this historic feat, Neymar found himself locked in a goal-scoring deadlock with Pele, whose era-spanning career had yielded an impressive tally of 77 goals for Brazil from 1957 to 1971. Now, Neymar boasts an impressive 79 goals to his name, a testament to his prowess in the international arena across 125 appearances.

In the wake of this remarkable achievement, Neymar humbly remarked, “I could never have fathomed reaching this monumental milestone. It’s crucial to emphasize that I don’t perceive myself as a superior player to Pele.” He continued, “My aspiration was always to etch my unique narrative in the tapestry of Brazilian football history, both at the national and international levels. Today, I have realized that dream.”

In the realm of Brazilian football, the women’s division holds its own iconic figure in the form of Marta, the prolific forward who boasts an astonishing 115 goals from 171 matches, solidifying her status as the all-time leading scorer for the country.

Neymar’s record-breaking goal materialized through a deftly executed finish within the penalty box, following a precise low cross. His exuberant celebration saw him thrust his fist into the air, a homage to the customary jubilations of the illustrious Pele.

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This historic night in Belém serves as a testament to Neymar’s indomitable spirit and his unrelenting pursuit of excellence on the football pitch. As he stands atop the pantheon of Brazilian goal-scorers, Neymar’s legacy is forever etched in the annals of football history, an inspiration for generations to come.


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