Neymar’s goal on Friday against Costa Rica was his 56th goal for Brazil and now he is the third highest goal scorer for Brazil behind Ronaldo (62) and Pele (77).
He overtook Romario in the process, who has 55 goals for Brazil from 77 appearances.
The Paris Saint-Germain forward is 33rd in the list of most international goals with 56. Ali Daei of Iran tops the charts with 109 goals to his name. He is followed by Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo (85) and Hungary’s Ferenc Puskas (84).
After numerous fouls against him, a yellow card and a denied penalty, the Brazilian finally had a say late in the match.
Neymar scored in the seventh minute of injury time with practically the last kick of the match, volleying home Gabriel Jesus’s square ball following a quick counter-attack as Costa Rica pushed for an equaliser. This was his first goal of this year’s World Cup and it also gave Brazil a 2-0 win against their South American opponents.
His goal timed at 96 minute and 49 seconds is the latest recorded 90th minute goal in a World Cup since 1966.
Brazil’s win over Costa Rica also meant that they have now won 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two countries. The only loss came in a friendly back in 1960.
The 26-year-old was emotional and cried after the match got over and later on in the day, he took to Instagram to share his thoughts after the game.
“The tears were of joy, of overcoming difficulties, of commitment and will to win,” he wrote. “Nothing in my life was ever easy and that’s not going to change now. The dream continues, no not the dream, the objective.”
Brazil coach Tite defended the player and said that the Brazilians and others shouldn’t put too much pressure on him.
“The joy, the satisfaction, and the pride of representing the Brazilian national team is a lot. He has the responsibility, the joy, the pressure and the courage to show it. We each show it in our own way.” Tite told reporters.
“He was three-and-a-half months out (with injury) and he played the full match,” Tite added, referring to the foot injury that kept the PSG player on the sidelines between February and June.
“He is a human being, he needs time to reach his high standards again but before that there is a team that needs to be strong and not dependent on him. Is he going to be back to his best? Yes, he is going to be back to his best.”
News credit : Indiatoday