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Neymar will surpass Pele's Brazil goalscoring record - Romario

The 1994 World Cup winner believes Neymar is destined to break the record.

Neymar currently has 40 goals for Brazil, 37 short of Pele's record.
Neymar currently has 40 goals for Brazil, 37 short of Pele's record.
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FORMER BRAZIL GREAT Romario believes Barcelona attacker Neymar will surpass Pele as the country’s all-time leading goal scorer. The three-time World Cup winner currently leads Brazil’s goal scoring charts with 77 goals in 92 appearances, ahead of Ronaldo, Romario and Zico, who scored 62, 55 and 48 times for the Selecao respectively.

Nevertheless, at the tender age of 22, Neymar has already moved to fifth place with 40 goals in 58 games and Romario believes the former Santos man is destined to dethrone the legendary Pele.

“Even though he is stil young, Neymar is well aware of what he means for the world of football, and for the Brazilian game in particular,” Romario told Lancenet.

“He is the one player the Brazilian people believe in and he has everything to make history.

“There have been a lot of players who scored a lot, but weren’t able to do so for Brazil. This was not the World Cup for him, but there’s still time.

“He’s only 22 and already near Brazil’s three all-time top goal scorers. If he manages to keep this up, he will surpass Pele.”

Neymar will be looking to add to his tally when Brazil meet Turkey and Austria in November.

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