Neymar close to Pele’s score | The Daily Star
08:31 PM, June 11, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:44 PM, June 11, 2018

Neymar close to Pele’s score

Brazil superstar Neymar has levelled with Romario for third position on Brazil’s all-time leading goal-scorer list as he scored his 55th for the country against Austria in an international friendly. Ronaldo and Pele are the two remaining targets for him as the 26-year-old needs just seven more goals to eclipse Ronaldo’s tally while he needs 22 more to conquer Pele’s and claim Brazil’s top scorer title. 

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 on Sunday.

After coming on in the second half, he scored in the 63rd minute to help secure the 3-0 vicory.

"For me it is a great honour, great happiness to reach Romario and 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 fellow Santos icon Pele, who remains well ahead at the top of the list on 77 goals.

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