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Opinion: Don’t underestimate Neymar who has scored more goals than Pele in the national team

Opinion: Don’t underestimate Neymar who has scored more goals than Pele in the national team

Paulo Cobos, blogger at ESPN.com.brSeptember 9, 2023 at 2:14 pmReading: 2 minutes.

According to FIFA calculations. Neymar He now has more goals than Pele Brazilian team.

In the entity’s rules, which only take into account matches against national teams, Neymar now has 79 A goal for Brazil, compared to 77 for the “King”.

With at least one complete cycle of a world CupIn 2026, Neymar will put an end to any discussion about the record.

Register more 17 Goals, something easy, in three years, will exceed Pele’s number in the Brazilian Federation’s accounts: 95in addition to matches against clubs, something that no longer exists today.

It is clear that Pele’s average is higher than Neymar’s, but it is also true that he played at a time when matches had more goals: the 1958 World Cup, for example, his average 3.6 Goals/match, vs 2.69 For the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

But the discussion is not about who each of them played with.

Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal for Brazil against BoliviaEFE / Sebastião Moreira

Neymar will never be Pele, either as a man or a player. At his age, he will not even come close to achieving the “King” title in the national team’s shirt.

But it is ironic to hear so many people despise Neymar’s scoring records for the Canaries.

The number 10 will simply become, by all accounts, the most iconic club goalscorer on the planet. This is not easy.

Quite the opposite: Neymar is already a legend of the Brazilian national team, even if he did not win the World Cup.

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