If ever Neymar were to reach the number of goals of Pelé in selection, it could be debated in Brazil.
During this September international window, the last before the World Cup in Qatar, Brazil will play two friendly matches on French soil, in Le Havre against Ghana this Friday (8:30 p.m.), then against Tunisia for four days. later at the Parc des Princes.
The opportunity for Neymar to enter a little more in the history of Brazilian football by becoming (or equaling at first) the top scorer of the selection, ahead of a certain Pelé. Before facing the Black Stars, the PSG striker totaled 74 achievements under the carioca tunic. For his part, the “King” shook the net 77 times with the Seleçao, according to the official count of Fifa.
FIFA vs. CBF
Yes, but here it is, if we trust the figures of the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) reported by Globo, Pelé would have scored 95 goals. The body of Brazilian football does indeed take into account the times when the 81-year-old former center-forward found the fault during friendly matches of the Seleçao against clubs, like Inter. , Atlético Madrid or Chivas.
With all due respect, but Neymar is not catching up with Pele in the national team’s historic artillery. Neymar has 74 goals. Pele has 95 (all on this list). Cutting 18 goals from the man in the pen is the old anachronism and revisionism to try to lower the bat of the one who was the greatest of all. pic.twitter.com/wFxRRCKvuD
— Gabriel Andrezo (@gabrielandrezo) June 6, 2022
Therefore, when the “Ney” overtakes the “King” – which seems inevitable – there is no doubt that the debates will be heated on the other side of the Atlantic.