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Neymar Jr surpassed Ronaldo for the second most goals for Brazil with a hat-trick against Peru on Tuesday.
Neymar Jr is now the second-highest scorer for his country after managing an impressive 64 goals in 103 games
since making a scoring debut as an 18-year-old back in 2010.
🇧🇷 Neymar's hat-trick sends him 2nd on Brazil's all-time top scorers. The 28-year-old celebrates by doing a number 9 with his hands & imitating Ronaldo's trademark finger-wagging celebration in a fitting tribute to Fenômeno ™️ pic.twitter.com/D9DDgiTnAB
— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) October 14, 2020
The Paris Saint-Germain star put away a penalty in each half of their World Cup qualifier in Lima before tapping home from close range in injury-time.
Ronaldo scored 62 goals in 98 games for Brazil in a 17-year career for his nation that included winning two World Cups,
the Copa America twice and a Confederations Cup.
Still only 28 years of age, Neymar is now 14 goals away from becoming Brazil’s all-time top scorer and
knocking Pele off his perch. The three-time World Cup winner struck 77 times in 92 games for his country.
Neymar has had an action-packed start to this current season,
which was initially interrupted with a coronavirus diagnosis in the lead-up.
Once he recovered from Covid-19, the PSG star was shown a straight red card in the defeat to Marseille,
in which he accused opponent Alvaro Gonzalez of racial abuse.
Following a two-match ban, Neymar returned to play 90 minutes in the 2-0 victory against Reims,
before scoring twice in the Parisians’ most recent game – a 6-1 hammering of Angers at the start of the month.
He played his first match for Brazil in nearly 11 months in the 5-0 thrashing of Bolivia –
contributing two assists as the Selecao got their World Cup qualification campaign off to the perfect start.