The PSG striker was one step away from equaling a historic O Rei mark in Canarinha and could not contain his excitement.
Without shining, Brazil remains a steamroller so far in the Copa América 2021. Nevertheless, those led by Tite achieved another solid victory by beating Peru 4-0 at the Nilton Santos Stadium. The authors of the goals were Alex Sandro, Neymar, Everton Ribeiro, and Richarlison.
With his goal, the Paris Saint Germain star reached 68 with the Canarinha jersey, which places him only nine from reaching the historical record held by Pelé, winner of three World Cups. According to FIFA criteria, O Rei set his mark in 92 matches, while Ney has played 107.
When asked about this feat after the match against the Inca, the striker could not hold back his tears. It is a great honor for me to be a part of the history of the Brazilian team. To be honest, my dream was to play for the national team, but I never thought of reaching those numbers. I'm excited because I've been through a lot. They were two very difficult years, and those numbers are nothing compared to the happiness of playing for Brazil and represent my country and my family in very difficult times for the whole world", the 29-year-old footballer said excitedly.
The former Barcelona and Santos, in the last time, suffered several injuries, lost a Champions League final (the great obsession of the French club), and was accused of sexual assault.
We arrived without knowing what would happen, whether there would be a Copa America or not. We never call the national team. I will never say no to the country. I believe that disagreeing or having a different opinion deserves the respect of others. He added that it was complicated, difficult, citing rumors that the Brazilian squad could withdraw from the tournament if it did not agree with some of the measures taken.
After two presentations, Brazil alone leads Group B of the Copa América with 6 points due to their victories against Venezuela and Peru. In the second position appears Colombia, with 4.
Once the lawsuit against those Ricardo Gareca was finalized, Pelé used his social networks to support Neymar. "Every time I see this boy, he smiles. It is impossible not to smile back. It's contagious. Like all Brazilians, I'm always happy when I see him playing soccer. Today he took another step towards my scoring record with the national team. And I'm encouraging him to get there, with the same joy I've had since I saw him play for the first time," wrote the World Cup champion in Sweden 1958, Chile 1962, and Mexico 1970. " ❤️ Thank you ... you will always be our king, "Ney answered.