Neymar Remains Humble After Breaking Pele’s Brazil Record

Neymar achieved a historic milestone by breaking Pele’s long-standing record while representing Brazil for the 125th time.

The 31-year-old AlHilal star scored twice as the Selecao defeated Bolivia 5-1 in a 2026 World Cup qualifier on Friday night, with Real Madrid’s Rodrygo Goes also contributing with a brace in Belem.

Neymar needed just one goal to surpass the record, and he had the opportunity to do so from the penalty spot in the 17th minute. However, his attempt was saved by goalkeeper Billy Viscarra.

Nevertheless, the former Paris Saint-Germain forward redeemed himself just after the one-hour mark when he converted Rodrygo’s low cross into the penalty area, marking his 78th international goal.

In second-half stoppage time, Neymar reached a total of 79 goals, capitalizing on a pass from Barcelona winger Raphinha, who also scored.

After breaking Pele’s long-standing record, the Brazilian captain humbly remarked, “I never imagined reaching this milestone. I am no better than Pele or any other player who has represented the national team.”

Brazil’s head coach, Fernando Diniz, added, “He came here to do what he did, have fun, score two goals, and break the record. He is a significant idol, and people should recognize and appreciate him.”

Neymar was presented with a special plaque to commemorate his achievement.

Pele, who sadly passed away in December last year at the age of 82, had scored 77 goals in 92 appearances for Brazil and had won three World Cups. His official social media account paid tribute to Neymar’s historic accomplishment, posting, “Congratulations, Neymar, for surpassing the king in goals for Brazil. Surely Pele is applauding you today!”

It’s worth noting that while Brazil’s football confederation still considers Pele as the nation’s leading scorer with 95 goals in 114 appearances, FIFA does not count goals from national team friendlies against club sides toward official records.

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