As of late, Neymar has continued to add to his international goals tally with the Brazilian national team. At the moment, Neymar has scored 70 career international goals with Brazil in all competitions.
Pele is the all-time leader in career goals with the Seleco. The former Santos forward notched 77 goals in 92 appearances in international play.
It essentially is only a matter of time before Neymar scores his 78th career international goal and passes Pele in this historic goals leaderboard.
In speaking at an event of his Red Bull Neymar Jr’s Five, the Paris Saint-Germain star detailed on just why he is aspiring to break this historic record.
“I think this is one of those I want to achieve because it’s for my country, the national team I play for and for the country I was born in,” Neymar said. “I don’t think I can express myself to say how it would feel if I achieved that goal. It’s something I have as a clear goal. I believe every player, when they’re about to reach something, they’re even more motivated.
“But I’m far from thinking I’m better than Pelé or comparing myself to him. I have this opportunity of overtaking Pele’s goal record, yes, but my respect for him is bigger and, I’m sure, when I score that 77th goal I’ll pay homage to him.”
It sure would be a historic moment in Neymar’s career if he were to break this record. And at this point, he could reach the top spot in this goal-scoring leaderboard sometime next year.