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Neymar celebrates after scoring the tying goal in minute four of Brazil's 2–1 win over Peru in the 2015 Copa América in Chile. / CBF

The Brazilian striker Neymar just keeps putting up gaudy numbers, day after day, game after game. And the Barça player, now starring at the 2015 Copa América in Chile, was decisive once again, scoring the tying goal in minute four and setting up the game winner in injury time in Brazil's 2–1 victory over Peru in their tournament opener.

The early goal gave him his 44th with the Little Canary, bringing him ever closer to the figures put up by former FC Barcelona striker Romario, currently the fourth highest scorer in the history of Brazil with 56 goals. First, of course, is Pelé (95 goals), followed by Ronaldo (67) and Zico (66).

63 games and 23 years

The most striking thing about Neymar's numbers is the speed with which he has achieved them. Having played in just 63 games and still only 23 years old, Neymar already occupies a privileged place among the greatest goal scorers his country has ever had. Already behind him are renowned footballers like Jairzinho or Rivellino, world champions in 1970, as well as Bebeto and ex-Barça stars Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.


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