How Neymar’s Goal Prowess On Brazil Already Ranks Him Among National Legends

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I remember where I was when Neymar scored his first official for Brazil. I was in my living room watching the game on a streaming website. The game wasn’t on television, so I had to watch it online. The game was Brazil vs USA. It was an international friendly. There was all this hype about Neymar at the time. How he was the chosen one and he was next up as Brazil’s next great player.

And so I watched the football match. And I didn’t know it then, but when I watched Neymar score his first goal, I was watching the birth of a once in a lifetime generational talent.

Since Neymar’s first goal, he has gone on to win for Barcelona, the La Liga two times, the Copa Del Rey two times, the Supercopa De Espana once, the Champions League in 2015 and the Fifa Club World Cup in 2015.

And for his national team, Neymar has won, the South American Youth Championship, The Supernásico de las Americas three times, the Olympics Silver Medal in 2012 and The Fifa Confederation Cup in 2013. And individually, Neymar has already amassed a collection of accolades, but something that he has achieved already isn’t just incredible, its jaw dropping.

At 24 years old, Neymar already has 46 goals for his country. Though I must admit, Neymar recently scored for Brazil in a 2-0 win against Colombia in the 2016 Rio Olympics, but I’m not sure that counts, so I’ll comfortable say he has 46 goals. And why is this jaw dropping? Well, let’s look at Brazil’s top scores.

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As you can see, there are a number of Brazilian legends on this list. There’s Pele, Ronaldo, Romario, Rivaldo, Zico, Ronaldinho, etc. Neymar is the only player on this list that’s still actively playing. And let me remind you, he’s only 24 years old. And what’s the jaw dropping part, the insane part of all of this? Neymar already has 46 goals and the top goal scorer, the legend, the icon, Pele has 77 goals.

A legendary player on this list Romario has already stated, “Neymar Will Beat Pele’s Brazil Records.” Now if you are even the basic soccer/football fan, you’d know how incredibly special Pele is for this sport. He’s the reason why top players picked the number 10 as their number, he means everything to this sport and Neymar is within reach of a coveted position only held by him.

Neymar can become Brazil’s all time leading scorer. And even if he doesn’t, he’s already ranking among Brazilian national legends. Every player on that list is considered one of the greatest players of all time. Not just for Brazil, in general and It’s important to note as well, Pele’s career for Brazil spanned 14 years. The closest player to Pele being Ronaldo had a 17 year career with Brazil.

Neymar has only been playing for Brazil for 6 years and has already amassed 46 goals.

That would mean he is only 31 goals away from Pele and 16 goals away from Ronaldo. On Neymar’s pace, he could really make history. And when I watched him score his first goal, I knew there was hype around him, but I never knew the rumours would be true. When I watch Neymar play, I feel like anything is possible when he has the ball. Like Brazil can score at any minute because of his him.

He really is a generational talent.

He already ranks among legends and if Brazil wins two more games in the Rio 2016 Olympics, Neymar will have done something nobody on that list above would have done. He would be bringing Brazil its first ever gold medal in the Olympic games. At 24 years of age, Neymar has already accomplished a lot and can continue to accomplish a lot, the crazy part is, he really is just getting started.


From The 6ix,With Love

Thank You For Reading

Sincerely, Kid From The 6ix

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