With his two goals on Tuesday in the friendly against Turkey, Neymar Jr now has found the net on 42 occasions in just 59 matches for the Brazilian national side. As such he moves ever closer to the top three goalscorers on the all time list for the ‘canarinha’. Currently, if we include official competition and friendlies, Pelé, Ronaldo and then Zico head the illustrious ranking.
‘O’Rei’ heads the list with 95 goals in 113 matches, an average of 0.84 goals per game, Ronaldo is in second place with 67 goals in 105 games (0.63), and then we find Zico on 66 goals in 88 encounters (0.75). Neymar’s current average is 0.69 goals per game. Nevertheless, none of the above had scored so many goals at such a young age. At just 22 years of age, if Neymar continues at this pace then he will move into top spot by the age of 28.
Since last season’s World Cup, Brazil have played five friendly matches, winning all of them, scoring 12 and conceding none. Of those 12, Neymar has claimed 7. The Barça striker is on a great goalscoring streak – with the blaugranes this season he has 12 in 14 official matches and is the second in the goalscoring charts in la Liga.