Neymar closes in on Pele record as Brazil forward joins Romario in third on all-time scoring chart
Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has moved level with Romario in third on Brazil’s all-time leading goalscorers list.
Neymar achieved the feat on his first start since suffering a broken metatarsal in February, finding the net after 63 minutes of Brazil’s final pre-World Cup friendly against Austria in Vienna.
Some sublime trickery left home defender Aleksandar Dragovic on the seat of his shorts before Neymar coolly slotted home to put Tite’s side 2-0 up.
Goal number 55 came after crashing in a superb goal as a second-half substitute versus Croatia at Anfield last weekend to seal a 2-0 victory.
The 26-year-old needs just seven more goals to draw level with former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo (62).
“For me it is a great honour, great happiness to reach Romario, to be among the top scorers of the Brazilian team,” the PSG star told reporters after the match.
“I wanted to pay homage to him in some way because he is an idol. Like I said last week, I do not want to be better than anyone, just myself.”So it was a way to pay tribute, because he is an idol, not just to me, but all Brazilians.”
Neymar’s ultimate target will be to catch a fellow Santos icon in Pele, who remains well clear at the top of the list on 77.