Neymar heads into Brazil’s friendly against Peru on Wednesday morning hoping to draw level or beat Ronaldo Nazario’s goal record.
Neymar made his long-awaited comeback to action last Saturday, and only took 19 minutes to make an impact. It came when his corner-kick teed-up Casemiro to head home Brazil’s opener against Colombia.
After Luis Muriel’s brace put Los Cafeteros ahead before the break, Neymar responded in the second half by scoring an equaliser to settle the friendly at 2-2.
That goal in Miami was the Paris Saint-Germain star’s first international goal since November 2018, and his 61st overall in just 98 appearances.
So, Neymar now sits just a goal behind the legendary Ronaldo on Brazil’s all-time leading scorer’s list. He’ll have a chance to move level with the Real Madrid and Inter Milan icon in the Selecao’s final friendly with Peru on Wednesday morning.
Given his long lay-off due to an ankle injury, Tite could give Neymar a full 90 minutes in Los Angeles.
The Brazil coach, who refused to reveal if he’s given the forward any pointers lately, has been impressed by Neymar’s speedy recovery and even left out Vinicius Junior against Colombia to give the star some valuable minutes.
Whether or not Neymar scores in LA, however, he’ll still have some to way to go before he can catch the all-time record holder Pele in the Brazil scoring charts.
The three-time World Cup winner registered an impressive 77 goals throughout his legendary Selecao career.
Following Brazil’s friendly against Peru, which starts at 05:00 (CET), Neymar will report back to PSG. He’ll likely hope to make his first club appearance of the season against Strasbourg this Saturday in Ligue 1.
Top-Five Brazil Scorers
- Pele – 77 goals in 92 appearances
2. Ronaldo – 62 goals in 98 appearances
3. Neymar – 61 goals in 98 appearances
4. Romario – 55 goals in 70 appearances
5. Zico – 48 goals in 71 appearances