Neymar reached 64 goals with the Brazilian National Team on Tuesday, surpassed Ronaldo as Canarinha’s second highest scorer in history and is 13 goals behind the legend of Pelé.
The star of Paris Saint-Germain ousted Ronaldo thanks to the triplet scored against Peru on the second day of the South American Qualifiers for the Qatar World Cup 2022.
In the National Stadium of Lima, where Brazil won 2-4, Neymar scored two penalty goals that allowed the five-time world champion to win and remain leader of the Playoffs.
He got it with two penalty goals, both highly disputed, first to tie the game to one goal in the first half and then to make it 2-3 in the second. Already in added time he made it 2-4 in a play where he sent the ball to the net with an empty goal.
Unlike Ronaldo, who scored his 62 goals in 98 games, Neymar has reached 64 goals in 103 games played with Verdeamarela.
Above Neymar, only Pelé remains, who scored 77 goals in 92 games played between 1957 and 1971, time in which he won three World Cups for Canarinha.
Thus, Neymar, at 28 years old, is 13 goals away from equaling ‘King’ Pelé, a brand that he has within reach on the way to the next World Cup in Qatar 2022.
The hat-trick against Peru also allowed the Brazilian forward to celebrate a goal with his team more than a year after his last touchdown.
He had not scored with Brazil since September 7, 2019, when he scored a goal in a friendly against Colombia that ended 2-2.
In the previous round of the Qualifiers, against Bolivia, Neymar who was left without scoring in the feast that Canarinha gave by thrashing 5-0, in a match where the PSG forward gave two assists.
The Brazilian star also reached ten goals in the Playoffs for the World Cup. Until now he had only scored different teams. Before the triplet to Peru, he had also scored Ecuador, Colombia, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.