Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar made history on Tuesday when he passed Ronaldo on Brazil’s all-time goal-scoring list. The PSG superstar entered Brazil’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying fixture against Peru with 61 international goals, which had him just one goal behind Ronaldo for second place on the Selecao’s all-time goals list.
Neymar wound up logging a hat-trick in the contest to both pass Ronaldo on the leaderboard and clinch the win for Brazil.
For Neymar, this was a landmark achievement in his career. He had already passed several other former stars such as Rivaldo and Ronaldinho on Brazil’s all-time goal-scoring list. But to pass Ronaldo, this was a moment that the PSG talent (via CBF) will not be forgetting anytime soon.
“I did it in honor of Ronaldo because I drew with him in goals and I wanted to honor him in some way, because he is an idol for all of us Brazilians, and for me mainly,” Neymar said of his goal celebration in the match.
Neymar will now return to PSG, and he may go on to feature in its Ligue 1 away fixture Nimes Olympique.
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