Guy, Pele won three world cups for Brazil while Ronaldo De Lima won two and was a runner-up on one occasion, it is a disrespect to mention them in the statement with Neymar.
Ok, you may need to take a chill pill as I take you on this wonderful ride and I know you will agree with me at the end of this piece with proof from transfermarkt.com.
Neymar Da Silva’s legacy will always cause a divide as some strongly feel he has not maximized his potential while others feel he has when you consider how strongly his career numbers are ( 360 goals in 338 games).
Regardless of where you stand, you have to acknowledge Neymar’s brilliance for the Brazilian national since he made his debut on the 10th of August, 2010.
Twelve years since making his debut, Neymar Jr. has scored 74 goals and registered 55 assists for the Selecao in 120 games.
Wait a minute, that is an average of a goal contribution (a goal or assist) in every game, that is even better than Ronaldo De Lima’s goal contributions for the 5-time world cup winning country. These figures will look more impressive when we do a breakdown of these figures.
In International Friendlies, Neymar has featured 69 times, scoring 45 goals and 30 goals in the process.
In 24 World Cup Qualification games, he has scored 14 goals and registered 16 assists.
He has featured 12 times in the Copa America and the Paris Saint-German forward scored 5 goals and assisted 4 times.
Neymar has made 10 World cup appearances scoring 6 goals and registering 3 assists
He has also featured in the Confederations cup 5 times scoring 4 goals and registering 2 assists.
He is 3 goals away from becoming Brazil’s all-time top scorer while the record for most assists for the Selecao is in his bag already.
We shouldn’t forget that in the 2016 Summer Olympics, Neymar helped Brazil win her first ever Olympic Gold medal as his penalty kick helped Brazil get the better of Germany. En route to the final, he registered 3 goals and 1 assist in the Quarterfinal and Semifinal respectively.
What a player!
Ladies and gentlemen, these numbers are too impressive for you to ignore how brilliant this young man has been for Brazil.
Neymar has helped Brazil win the only missing football medal in their trophy cabinet (the Olympic Football Gold Medal.
He is going to become Brazil’s all-time top scorer any moment from now and once he adds a world cup to it, his place in the Selecao’s hall of fame will be signed, sealed and delivered.
He might not be the greatest to have played for Brazil but there is no doubt that he is e of the best players to have ever played for the country.
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