In a remarkable feat, Neymar has surpassed Pele to become the all-time leading scorer in Brazil’s national team.
The 31-year-old former FC Barcelona and PSG winger showcased his incredible talent by scoring two goals against Bolivia in the South America’s 2026 World Cup qualifiers on September 8th, 2026.
These goals not only equalled Pele’s record but also propelled Neymar to surpass it, solidifying his place in football history.
The match against Bolivia saw Neymar on a mission to claim the top spot in Brazil’s all-time leading scorer chart.
In the 17th minute, he had the opportunity to equal Pele’s 77 goals through a spot-kick but was denied by Bolivian goalkeeper, Guillermo Viscarra’s save.
However, Neymar’s determination was unwavering, and in the 61st minute, he successfully scored his 77th goal to equal Pele’s record.
But Neymar’s journey didn’t end there. In injury time, the Al Hilal forward showcased his exceptional skills once again, scoring his 78th goal for Brazil and securing his position as the country’s all-time highest goalscorer in international football.
The head coach of Brazil, Fernando Diniz, couldn’t contain his admiration for Neymar’s accomplishments. He described Neymar as a very big idol and praised his ability to prove critics wrong.
‘Many did not know what he would come to do, and he came to do what he did: have fun, score two goals, and break the record. He is a very big idol, and people must recognize him and accept him.’
This article was updated 1 month ago