Neymar overtakes Ronaldo to become second-highest goalscorer in Brazilian history

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He toppled Peru on his own. Despite a hard-working Brazil against Peru on Tuesday night in Lima, Neymar became the second highest scorer in the history of the Seleção. With his hat-trick, the PSG player now has 64 goals in 103 caps for Brazil, now ahead of Ronaldo (62 goals).

Neymar scored his first two goals from the penalty spot (28th, 84th, each time allowing his team to come back to score) and the third close in stoppage time, during this second day of South American qualifiers for the World Cup – 2022 in Qatar.

The record of “King” Pelé in the viewfinder

During the celebration of his first goal of the evening, Neymar paid tribute to Ronaldo by showing his front teeth and by miming with his hands the number “9” worn by his elder brother during his heyday. Ronaldo ‘Fenomeno’ counter had therefore stopped at 62 goals in 98 matches, two of them in the World Cup final against Germany in 2002.

At 28 years old, the crack of PSG can still dream of dethroning “King” Pelé, author of 77 goals in 92 matches. His first goal in selection dates back more than ten years, in August 2010, from his first cap, against the United States.

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