Pele has some good words of appreciation for Neymar Jr who recently surpassed him in number of matches played for Brazil. Neymar Jr. has now played 94 games for Brazil. Pele had played 92. With this, Neymar has become the 10th player by number of caps for Brazil. Cafu is at number 1 with 142 caps.
It seems certain that Neymar Jr. will go on to play for a long time and break many more records as he is only 26 years old right now. Neymar Jr. is already number 3 when it comes to highest goal scorers for Brazil.
Pele appreciated Neymar Jr. on his achievement of playing more matches than Pele and also asked him to take over his goals record as well. Here’s what Pele tweeted:
Congratulations, @neymarjr, on your caps this week. You surpassed my 92. Now go and get my goals record too – Brazil needs you! // Parabéns, Neymar, por superar meu número de jogos pela Seleção. Supere meu recorde de gols também. O Brasil precisa de você! https://t.co/wEmWBI7WPO
— Pelé (@Pele) October 18, 2018
Neymar Jr. currently has 59 goals to his credits. The second highest goal scorer for Brazil is Ronaldo with 62 goals in 98 matches. The highest goal scorer in Brazil’s history is Pele with 77 goals in 92 matches only.
It seems likely that Neymar Jr. will be able to break the record of Ronaldo in near future and will become the second highest goal scorer for Brazil. However, it will be a challenge for Neymar to break the record of Pele. It might take him a couple of years to do so.
Neymar Jr. surely seems on track to make history and become the highest goal scorer for Brazil. However, the player will be looking forward to winning some International trophies including World Cup, on his way to becoming the highest goal scorer.