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Neymar, celebrando um dos seus 37 gols na atual temporada

Neymar celebrating one of his 37 goals this season / Miguel Ruiz-FCB

Neymar continues to produce his best form in a Barça shirt with the season entering into its decisive phase. With his two goals in the Allianz Arena against Bayern in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals, the Brazilian now has 37 goals in all competitions this season.

Furthermore, it was his seventh consecutive game finding the net, equalling a run set by Leo Messi back in the season 2010/11. After the game in Munich he became the third player in Barça’s history to reach the figure of nine goals in a Champions League season.

The Barça number 11 this season has seen his goalscoring run take him past the achievements of his fellow Brazilian Rivaldo who scored 36 goals in the season 2000/01 and Samuel Eto’o who scored 36 times in the season 2008/09. Neymar has moved past them both with still four games to go in the campaign – the two finals and two more league fixtures.

A goal away from Lineker

Neymar scored his first goal for Barça in the draw against Atlético Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup last season. In his first injury hit campaign as a blaugrana, the Brazilian ended with 15 goals in 41 matches.

Now in his second season he has hit top form with 37 goals in 47 matches. His total now reads 52 in 88 games, taking him past club legends such as Romario, Maradona and Ronaldo amongst others. This Sunday in the Vicente Calderón, where he scored his first in a Barça shirt, Neymar could equal, or even surpass, Gary Lineker. The English striker scored 53 goals in 138 games for Barça between 1986 and 1989.


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