Neymar’s Brazil recently grabbed an enormous victory over Bolivia, surpassing Pele in one of his established records. He grabbed the position of being the country’s all-time top scorer with two second-half goals. The 31-year old entered the match with a record equal to Pele’s 77 goals.
He had a golden opportunity to break this record in the 17th minute of the game when Brazil was awarded a penalty. But his try was stopped by the easy save from the Bolivian goal-keeper Guillermo Viscarra. Though, in the match ahead, Neymar surely gained a chance to grab the record.
The lead overtaken by the team of Brazil
Brazil gained a lead in the first half quite early over the European team. They doubled the lead just after the break once Raphinha cut in from the left side and his shot blew directly from the bottom corner. While Neymar sure had a role to play in the third goal of the team, it was finally Bruno Guimaraes to gain the final achievement.
This was the perfect moment for the football star to gain control of his scoring and try to set up his name beside yet another Brazilian record. The game ahead saw the best of Neymar’s dribbling skills, leading to his prominent 1st goal and making his team take a 4-0 lead.
How Neymar’s historic record was set!
Neymar’s historic moment was recorded when he dashed the ball right inside the box and registered his 78th goal. Post this shot, the footballer celebrated in his iconic style as he threw his hands in the air and moved his gaze toward the skies.
Soon after, Viktor Abrego brought Bolivia back into contention as he scored a goal for his team. However, Neymar still had some time to work on his record tally. And that is what he did! Connected the ball from Raphinha in stoppage time and brought his team a victory and a memorable match.
New updates in the career of the Brazilian player
The 31-year-old Striker recently shifted to the Saudi backed club Al-Hilal from his previous club PSG. This was a great opportunity for the soccer star to grab the favour of his efforts for his country as well as set an image in front of his new club.
Even his fellow player Diniz paid tribute to Neymar, called him a star and revealed how the footballer did what he usually does- have fun, score some goals and break records. He reverted back to people recognizing him as a big star and accepting his important position on any team he plays for.
Neymar has a new place in Brazilian soccer history
As the football star scored twice in the game against Bolivia, it helped him move ahead of Pele as the all-time leading scorer of the Brazilian team. Earlier, Neymar had entered the game at a tie with the Brazilian veteran at 77 goals. The record-breaking goal came in the 61st minute as Brazil gloated in a satisfactory 4-0 lead.
This year, undoubtedly, has been an eventful one for the footballer. Not only did he break one of the greatest record for his national team but also the former Ballon d’Or finalist was among the big names who shifted to Saudi Pro league
Neymar’s heroic comeback a good sign for the team
Neymar has had a tough time on the field ever since his ankle injury. Since his surgery in March, this was the player’s first match for his national side post the disappointing loss in the 2022 World Cup quarterfinal in Qatar. While his own unaccomplishment of the record was a setback for the star, the biggest heartbreak was the defeat and elimination from the biggest stage of the game for his team.
The star even went on to mention how uncertain and unsure he was with regard to his future in the country’s team. While the pressure of not having lifted a world cup since 2002 is showing, it seems that the football icon has at last decided to continue on the field for his nation. The recent record must have hoisted his hopes for a great chance for the country at the next world cup.