Brazil’s Neymar passes Ronaldo, inches closer to Pele’s all-time record

Neymar is hot on the heels of Pele’s all-time goal record for Brazil after passing Ronaldo during a World Cup qualifying match.

Neymar Jr celebrates after scoring the fourth goal of his team during a match between Peru and Brazil on October 13, 2020 in Lima, Peru. (Photo: Paolo Aguilar-Pool/Getty Images)

Neymar scored three goals as Brazil defeated Peru in the qualifier, taking his total to 64; two ahead of Ronaldo and 13 behind football legend Pele. Brazil’s other goal came from Everton Richarlison.

The team’s head coach, Tite, told reporters after the game that it was not fair to compare Neymar to the others

“What I can say is Neymar has this unpredictability. He is the bow and the arrow, he’s a player who both makes and takes chances. And he gets better and better, and more mature.”