Brazil is FLYING at the World Cup and they have star playmaker Neymar Jr. to thank for that. The Brazilian sensation, who was previously dealing with an ankle injury, scored on Monday to help the South Americans take down South Korea 4-1.
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With that goal, Neymar now has 76 goals with Brazil, which is an unreal number. Not only that, he's one goal away from equaling Pele's 77 goals, which is No. 1 for Brazil all time. The belief is that Neymar could pass the legendary player before the tourney wraps up.
The keeper stood no chance with that penalty! 🥶— 90min (@90min_Football) December 5, 2022
That goal moves Neymar Jr. (76) to within one goal of Pele's (77) international record for Brazil! 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/KLZPcFp4cs
Next up for Brazil is a meeting later in the week against Croatia in the World Cup quarterfinals. If Brazil takes care of business in that one, and Argentina beats the Netherlands in their quarters matchup, then we could see ARG vs. BRA in the semifinals.
That'd be a sensational matchup, and it'd be a rematch of the Copa America Final from last summer. Argentina got the win there, but Brazil is surely eyeing some revenge in the near future.
Imagine if Neymar scores in a Brazil win over Argentina in the quarterfinals. He'd not only send his team to the final, but he'd also tie Pele's record. If he scores against Croatia this weekend, he could break the record vs. Argentina.
Obviously, a lot of things need to go right for that to happen, but it's a strong possibility. The World Cup is proving to be memorable for more than one reason for Neymar. Look for him to potentially break Pele's record before everything is all said and done.