Neymar becomes Brazil's outright third top goalscorer to close in on Pele's record

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Pele and Ronaldo are the only remaining targets for they Selecao forward after he moved ahead of Romario with his 56th strike

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar has become Brazil's outright third top goalscorer of all time after surpassing Romario in the rankings.

Neymar achieved the feat after finding the back of the net in the Selecao's 2-0 victory over Costa Rica at the 2018 World Cup.

The 26-year-old wrapped up Brazil's first victory at the tournament by notching his 56th career strike for his country.

Neymar had been tied on 55 with Romario after crashing in a superb goal as a second-half substitute against Croatia in a World Cup warm-up match.

He now only needs six more goals to draw level with former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker Ronaldo (62).

Neymar's strike against Costa Rica saw him bounce back from what proved to be an up-and-down match for him.

He missed one or two chances before seeing a penalty appeal overturned by the video assistant referee (VAR) in Saint Petersburg.

With the tie 0-0 at the time, Neymar thought he had earned Brazil a crucial spot-kick in the second half after tumbling over inside the box.

The referee initially whistled for a penalty but overturned his decision after VAR reviewed the call, much to the ex-Santos man's frustration.


Brazil's all-time top scorers


Name Caps Goals
Pele 92 77
Ronaldo 98 62
Neymar 87 56
Romario 70 55
Zico 71 48
Bebeto 75 39
Rivaldo 74 35
Jairzinho 81 33
Ronaldinho 97 33
Ademir 39 32
Tostao 54 32

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