Neymar, the ‘Emperor of Brazil’ who surpassed Pele, has entered the top 10 with the highest score in A matches of all time.
Brazil defeated Bolivia 5-1 in the first leg of the South American regional qualifiers for the 2026 FIFA North and Central America World Cup held at Estaggio Olimpico do Para in Belém, Brazil on September 9 at 9:45 a.m. (Korean time). did. This placed Brazil in the lead.
Neymar was the main character. Neymar formed the attacking line with Richarlison, Rodrygo, and Rafinha. Casemiro, Bruno Guimaraes, Henan Rosie, Gabriel Magalhaangas, Marquinhos, Danilo and Ederson made up the starting lineup. Neymar was located in the center of the second line and led Brazil’s attack.
메이저놀이터 Rodrygo and Rafinha scored consecutive goals to make it 2-0. In the 8th minute of the second half, Rodrygo scored an additional goal and Brazil took the lead 3-0. In the 16th minute of the second half, Neymar scored a goal. Rafinha went into the penalty box from the right, Rodrygo tripped and the ball went wide. Neymar shot straight into the net. Neymar ran towards the corner flag, closed his eyes tightly, and then looked up at the sky.
Bolivia’s consolation goal came, but Neymar scored the key goal. In the 3rd minute of added time in the second half, Rafinha dribbled from the right side of the penalty box and Neymar opened the goal with a light hit. The game ended with a 5-1 victory for Brazil.
Soccer statistics media ‘Sofa Score’ gave Neymar a rating of 9.8. Neymar also had overwhelmingly good records, including a 90% pass success rate, 3 successful long passes, 4 effective shots (2 shooting attempts), 7 successful dribbles, 10 successful ground duels, 3 fouls, and 4 key passes. .
Neymar set a record by scoring multiple goals. It is just beyond Pele. Pele is a Brazilian soccer icon. He is a representative great man who shone in soccer, befitting his title of soccer emperor, and is a man called a god in Brazil.
Even after his death, he is revered as the emperor of soccer and the god of Brazil. Neymar has surpassed Pele.
Neymar made his debut for the Brazil A national team in August 2010 at the age of 18 years and 185 days. He showed off his skills while playing for Santos in Brazil and scored a goal on his debut, announcing the birth of his new emperor. Since then, Neymar has walked the path of world class. He left Santos for Barcelona, where he formed one of the most powerful triangles in history with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. He brought numerous trophies to Barcelona.
Neymar, who played 186 official games for Barcelona and scored 105 goals and 76 assists, wore the Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) uniform in 2017 for 222 million euros (about 318.6 billion won), the highest transfer fee in soccer history.
It is a record that has not been broken even now that the transfer market is extremely heated. Neymar, who came to PSG for the highest transfer fee ever, played for six years, but his performance somewhat fell short of expectations. Although he was the best every time he came out, he suffered from concentration checks and was often injured due to rough tackles. Injuries occurred at crucial moments, causing PSG fans to voice criticism.
The Barcelona transfer rumor was mentioned in every transfer market, drawing further criticism. After signing a new contract with PSG, things quieted down, but the possibility of going to Barcelona emerged again. For PSG fans who are uncomfortable with the Mbappe transfer saga, another transfer rumor has emerged that they do not want to hear.
Neymar had been out for a long time due to an injury suffered last March, but recently returned to the preseason game against Jeonbuk Hyundai. During the pre-season, he showed great chemistry with the new member Lee Kang-in, raising expectations for their chemistry in the upcoming season. If Neymar went to Barcelona, he would not be able to work with Lee Kang-in, which left him disappointed. Neymar, who was rumored to be moving to Barcelona, went to Al Hilal. Fans who expected to work with Lee Kang-in were disappointed.
Transfer rumors poured in. Fabricio Romano, an expert on the European transfer market, said, “Neymar is going to Al Hilal,” along with the transfer confirmation signal “HERE WE GO.” A huge offer was made two days ago, and all parties signed off on the documents. Neymar was sent to Saudi Arabia this week. He will leave. It is a two-year contract and he will wear the number 10 shirt. PSG will receive a transfer fee of just under 100 million euros (about 146 billion won). The medical test will be completed by today.”
Reporter Romano added, “All the paperwork has been completed. The medical test has also passed. Neymar will go to Saudi Arabia later this week. The contract has been signed and Neymar will join the Saudi Arabian league.” David Ornstein, a reporter for Britain’s ‘The Athletic’, also said, “PSG striker Neymar is undergoing a medical test ahead of his transfer to Al Hilal. He will sign a two-year contract with Al Hilal. He played throughout PSG pre-season, but under new manager Luis Enrique, “It was not in the club’s plans for the 2023-24 season,” he said.
Santi Auna, a reporter for France’s Foot Mercato, said, “Neymar’s time at PSG has come to an end. It is a bitter end to his career. He had a complicated season at PSG, was shunned by fans, and suffered from injuries. Not Barcelona. “I’m going to Al Hilal. Neymar gets to play with Malcolm, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Ruben Neves and Kalidou Koulibaly.”
This summer, Saudi Arabia shook the soccer world by sweeping up superstars from around the world. In particular, Al Nasr, Al Ittihad, Al Ahli, and Al Hilal, which receive support from the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), showed aggressive investments.
Starting with Ronaldo, Al Nasr recruited Sadio Mane, Alex Telles, and David Ospina. After the arrival of Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Fabinho and Jota joined Al Ittihad. Al Ahly created a stir with the signing of Roberto Firmino as well as Riyad Mahrez, Edouard Mendy, and Frank Kessier.
Al Hilal, who finished second in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) last season, is also great. A large-scale investment was made to maintain the ‘most wins in the Saudi league (18 times)’. Kalidou Koulibaly, Ruben Neves, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Maucon Silva, Yashin Bunou, and Aleksandar Mitrovic were suddenly recruited. Now that rivals are on the rise, it is Al Hilal who is trying to defend the titles of ‘Most Saudi League wins (18 times)’ and ‘Most ACL wins (4 times)’. It reached its peak with Neymar.
Al Hilal officially announced on the club’s website on August 16, “We have signed a two-year contract with Brazilian national team playmaker and PSG star Neymar.” PSG also said goodbye. PSG bid farewell to Neymar, saying, “Beyond his records, Neymar thrilled the fans at the Parc des Princes with his technical excellence.”
Neymar said in an interview after leaving Al Hilal: “Messi has been living in heaven recently, winning every competition with the Argentina national team. But during the same period, he and I both went through hell at PSG. We made history by becoming champions. “We worked hard to do that. That’s why we played together again as one. But unfortunately, we couldn’t make (history). Messi trained and competed, but when he lost, he was unfairly singled out as the culprit,” he said, causing controversy.
Neymar reached Pele’s record before moving to Al Hilal. He reached Pele’s all-time scoring record for Brazil by scoring in the quarterfinals of the 2022 Qatar World Cup. Pele was the highest scorer in Brazil’s A-match history, tying with Neymar. Now all that remains is to surpass Pele.
Neymar surpassed Pele with multiple goals against Bolivia. 79 goals in 125 A matches. Pele has 77 goals in 92 games. Several Brazilian legends, including Ronaldo (62 goals), Romario (55 goals), Zico (48 goals), Bebeto (40 goals), Rivaldo, Jairdinho (35 goals), and Ronaldinho (33 goals), are all under Neymar. there is.
His overall record is 79 goals and 57 assists in 125 games. 46 goals and 30 assists in 70 friendly games, 16 goals and 17 assists in 25 games in the World Cup qualifiers, 8 goals and 4 assists in 13 games in the World Cup finals, 5 goals and 4 assists in 12 games in the Copa America, and 4 goals and 2 assists in 5 games in the Confederations Cup. .
In addition, looking at his records, Neymar won 91 games in 125 games and posted 1 attack point per 77 minutes (total playing time: 10,413 minutes). And he created 445 opportunities and completed 622 successful dribbles.
According to global media ‘ESPN’, Neymar said, “I never imagined I would reach this record. I would like to say that I am not a better player than Pele. I always wanted to create my own story and write my name in the history of Brazilian football and national team. And we did it today.”
Rodrygo, who scored multiple goals together, sent a congratulatory message, saying, “Neymar is my hero. Today will remain a very special day in my memory.”
Acting coach Fernando Zinnis said: “Neymar has come to score goals, to break records and to show that he is very willing to be with the national team. He is a great hero. People need to recognize that and accept that. Neymar is loved by the crowd. “It’s not because I work hard to get it, but because I have natural talent.”
Neymar broke Pele’s record and became the top scorer in Brazil’s A-match history, and was among the top 10 scorers in A-match history. Neymar, with 79 goals, is currently tied for 9th place. Ali Makupt (United Arab Emirates) and Robert Lewandowski (Poland) are tied for 7th place with 81 goals.
Ferenc Puskas (Hungary) has 84 goals. Mokhtar Dahari (Malaysia) ranks 5th with 89 goals, and Sunil Chhetri (India) ranks 4th with 92 goals. Messi (Argentina) ranks third with 104 goals. In the previous game, Messi scored a goal. Messi, who started in the match against Ecuador, began to step forward in earnest as a fierce battle continued. In the 24th minute of the second half, Messi received De Paul’s pass. The Ecuadorian defense was crowded near the penalty box, but Messi passed his opponent with a crazy dribble and calmly fired a shot, but it was blocked by the goalkeeper.
The one shot that decided the game came from Messi. In the 32nd minute of the second half, Argentina took a good free kick opportunity in front of the penalty box. Messi stepped forward as the kicker. Messi lightly attempted a kick that cleared the defensive wall. The ball left Messi’s feet and took a fantastic trajectory before hitting the net. It was a crazy shot that goalkeeper Galindez couldn’t even dive. Messi shared his joy with his teammates.
Although they secured the win, Argentina aimed for an additional goal. In the 39th minute of the second half, De Paul advanced and created a good opportunity for Angel Di Maria. Di Maria’s calm shot missed the side of the goal. Messi ended the game when he was substituted in the 43rd minute of the second half.
Argentina ran the game by harassing Ecuador with counterattacks as they advanced to score a goal after Messi left. DePaul’s decisive shot at the end of the second half was blocked by the goalkeeper, but it did not affect the game.
Soccer statistics media ‘Sofa Score’ gave Messi a rating of 7.8 points. Messi made two of his three shots on target. He also attempted dribbling 8 times and succeeded 4 times. He also made two key passes, proving that he is still the core of Argentine soccer.
Following Messi, Ali Daei (Iran) is in second place with 109 goals. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) maintains the overwhelming first place with 123 goals. Neymar, who surpassed Pele, will now try to break the players above him. Neymar moved away from the main stage of Europe by going to Al Hilal, but he was born in 1992 and is still old enough to play consistently for the Brazilian national team. He will try to score his A-match goal on Ronaldo.
A major trophy is also a goal. Neymar won numerous trophies with clubs such as Santos, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain, but he had no connection with the Brazilian national team. Despite his amazing performance and many matches, he only won one Confederations Cup with the Brazil A national team. He won the South American Youth Championship and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics with the national team of his age group.
I don’t know when Neymar will leave the national team, but there isn’t much time left. The 2024 Copa America will be held in June next year, and the 2026 FIFA North and Central America World Cup will be held three years later. The goal is to win the championship within three years.
Previously, I always slipped unfortunately. He withdrew from the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil after suffering a spinal fracture in the quarterfinals. And the Brazilian national team suffered a humiliating 1-7 loss to Germany in the semifinals, and finished in 4th place after losing 0-3 to the Netherlands in the 3rd and 4th place match. At the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, they were frustrated as they met Belgium, the ‘champion candidate’, in the quarterfinals. Brazil lost 1-2 and was eliminated earlier than expected.
The closest was the 2021 Copa America Brazil. After passing the group stage with 3 wins and 1 draw, Brazil advanced to the finals by defeating Chile (1-0 win) in the quarterfinals and Peru (1-0 win) in the semifinals. However, they lost 0-1 to Argentina, where Lionel Messi was holding on, and ended up in second place.
Neymar also participated in the 2022 FIFA Qatar World Cup. He led the tournament while demonstrating his fighting spirit, but lost to Croatia in a close penalty shootout in the quarterfinals. At that time, Neymar burst into tears filled with sadness. Neymar will aim to achieve a higher international scoring ranking and major trophies for the remainder of his career.