Latest Neymar goal closes the gap on Pele and Ronaldo in Brazil's all-time scoring list

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Pele and Ronaldo are the only remaining targets for the Selecao forward after he moved further ahead of Romario with his 57th strike

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar is closing on Pele and Ronaldo as Brazil's top scorers of all time with his latest strike at the World Cup.

Already third outright in the rankings, Neymar netted his 57th in international colours to put Brazil ahead against Mexico in the last 16.

He previously moved into third earlier in the World Cup with a goal in the Selecao's 2-0 victory over Costa Rica in Group E's second round of fixtures.

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 five 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.

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

He then failed to add to his tally in Brazil's final Group E clash against Serbia, before returning to scoring ways to give the Selecao one foot in the quarter-final.

Brazil's all-time top scorers

Name Caps Goals
Pele 92 77
Ronaldo 98 62
Neymar 89 57
Romario 70 55
Zico 71 48
Bebeto 75 39
Rivaldo 74 35
Jairzinho 81 33
Ronaldinho 97 33
Ademir 39 32
Tostao 54 32