Video: Neymar Passes Pele to Become Brazil’s All-time Leading Goal Scorer

Video: Neymar Passes Pele to Become Brazil’s All-time Leading Goal Scorer
Julia StumbaughSeptember 9, 2023

BELEM, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 08: Neymar Jr. of Brazil warms up prior to a FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifier match between Brazil and Bolivia at Mangueirao on September 08, 2023 in Belem, Brazil. (Photo by Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

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Neymar has officially overtaken Pele as the most prolific scorer in Brazil’s history.

The Brazilian soccer legend scored the 78th goal of his international career Friday during Brazil’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia to surpass Pele’s record.

Early in the first half, Neymar had earned a chance to break the record on a penalty kick, but was his shot was saved.

It wasn’t until the 60th minute that Neymar was able to convert. This time, the goalkeeper had no chance.

Watch Neymar’s historic goal below:

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78 goals for Brazil.

Neymar’s record-breaking moment 👏

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Neymar, who has been recovering from an ankle injury he suffered in February, has not played for Brazil since the 2022 World Cup.

The former Paris Saint-Germain star recently joined the Saudi Professional League but has yet to play for Al-Hilal.

Neymar is set to play for Brazil again when the team takes on Peru in its next qualifying game Tuesday.

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