The young star's triple took him to 95 goals in his short club career, leapfrogging the mark set by the current Milan strikerNeymar set another personal milestone in Santos' crushing defeat of Guaratingueta on Thursday evening, surpassing the club scoring record set by Robinho to become the club's most prolific striker of the past 20 years.
The 20-year-old forward netted a hat-trick in a 5-0 Paulista victory, which lifted the Peixe to fourth in the State Championship standings. The three goals also brought the Brazil international to 95 in the Santos shirt, one more than the current Milan player managed during his time with the club.
Neymar now lies fourth in the team's top-scorer standings for the post-Pele era, and barring injury he should rise to the top of the table by the end of 2012. The youngster trails Juary, who netted 101 times for Santos, and joint-leaders Joao Paulo and Sergio Chulapa.
Speaking after the game, the forward insisted that such records did not matter when compared to the team's form.
"I do not play to overtake anyone, just to help Santos. Robinho is my idol, you [journalists] know that, the idol is always at the top," he explained in the post-match press conference.
However, Neymar still has a long way to go before he can begin to trouble Pele's record for the Peixe. The three-time World Cup winner is credited with 643 official goals, an incredible 1033 if Santos' friendlies and tour games of the era are taken into account.