Neymar has made history by surpassing Pele as Brazil’s all-time top scorer in men’s football. The Al Hilal star scored two goals in Brazil’s 5-1 win over Bolivia in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers on Friday, taking his tally to 79 goals in 125 games for the national team. Pele, who died in December at age 82, scored 77 goals in 92 games between 1957 and 1971.
Neymar had a chance to break the record in the first half, but his penalty was saved by Bolivia goalkeeper Guillermo Viscarra. He did not let that miss affect him, as he scored his first goal in the 61st minute, tapping in a rebound from close range. He celebrated by raising his arms and looking up to the sky, as if to thank Pele for his legacy.
He added his second goal in injury time, finishing off a low cross from Raphinha to seal the victory and extend his record. He was then presented with an award by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) for becoming the country’s all-time top scorer. He dedicated the achievement to his family, friends, teammates, and fans.