Between great champions, as between big beasts, we challenge each other, we understand each other and we respect each other. But there is no room for jealousy. On Wednesday, Neymar managed a breathtaking performance and scored a hat-trick in Brazil’s 4-2 victory in Peru, as part of the qualifications for the World Cup. During the celebration of his first goal, the Parisian paid tribute to Ronaldo by showing his front teeth and miming with his hands the number 9 worn by his illustrious elder during his heyday.
The answer was not long in coming. This Thursday, Ronaldo, 44, split a long and touching message on his Instagram account. A true tribute to the talent of his young compatriot who nevertheless dislodged him from 2nd place in the ranking of the best scorers of the Seleção.
“All my respect for you Neymar! writes the double world champion (1994 and 2002) on his social networks. You play, assists, dribble and score. Sky is the limit. Fly, kid! What a great story you are writing. You are a complete player and more and more mature. You are a crack! I know how heavy the yellow jersey is to wear, with the pressure off the pitch sometimes being greater than that of the match. Now tell me: where did we come from, where did we end up … who is going to tell us what is impossible? Keep trusting your instincts because you have talent and no one can take it from you. You have a lot of records to overcome and traces to leave. Proud to see a Brazilian at the top! “
The counter of “Fenomeno” Ronaldo had stopped at 62 goals in 98 matches, that of the Parisian is now 64 goals in 103 selections. At 28, he can still dream of dethroning “King” Pelé, author of 77 goals in 92 matches. A record within the reach of “Ney”, who would especially like to imitate his two elders by winning a world title. See you in 2022!
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