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#FootballFever | Neymar ties Pelé’s all-time record with Brazil at World Cup

Published:Friday | December 9, 2022 | 12:50 PM
Brazil's Neymar, left, duels for the ball with Croatia's Marcelo Brozovic during the World Cup quarterfinal football match between Croatia and Brazil, at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar, Friday, December 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Neymar moved into a tie with Pelé as Brazil's all-time leading scorer with 77 goals on Friday.

The Brazil forward scored in the first half of extra time of his team's World Cup quarterfinal match against Croatia.

Neymar scored with a right-footed shot after getting through the defence and dribbling past the Croatia goalkeeper to match Pelé's record. He entered the tournament two goals shy of the milestone, and scored his 76th in the round of 16 against South Korea after returning from an ankle injury.

Pelé remained in a hospital in Brazil treating a respiratory infection that was aggravated by COVID-19. The latest medical report said the 82-year-old Pelé, who last year had surgery to remove a colon tumour, was doing OK.

The 30-year-old Neymar scored his 77 goals in 124 matches for Brazil. Pelé's goals came in 92 appearances with the national team between 1957 and 1971.

Ronaldo, a World Cup winner with Brazil in 2002, is third on the list with 62 goals in 98 matches.

Neymar first played for Brazil as an 18-year-old in 2010. Neymar is playing in his third World Cup and is the only other Brazil player other than Pelé and Ronaldo to score in three different World Cups. He helped the Seleçao win the 2013 Confederations Cup and its first Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

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