Neymar is greatest Brazilian footballer in history?

Neymar is greatest Brazilian footballer in history?

Having returned to the Brazil national team after failure at the World Cup in Qatar, Neymar immediately wrote his name in history! A double against Bolivia in the 2026 World Cup qualifying tournament allowed the Al-Hilal footballer to take first place in the list of top scorers for the Selecao, ahead of the legendary Pele.

Neymar is the main media personality of Brazil in the 2010s. He was predicted to become one of the best football players in history, and until 2017, the forward was quite on a successful schedule. The 2014 World Cup semi-final with the national team, the treble with Barcelona in 2015 - Neymar played a huge role in these achievements. And then there was a record move to PSG for 222 million euros, a series of injuries and final disappointment in the No. 1 sport.

This applies to a lesser extent to his performances for the national team, where Neymar always played with increased motivation. His moment of triumph could have been 2014, but due to a back injury suffered in the quarter-finals with Colombia, the Selecao quickly gave up and lost the next two World Cup games to the Germans and the Netherlands with an aggreagate score of 1:10. In 2018, the golden Belgian generation stood in the way of Neymar in particular and Brazil in general, and four years later, Tite’s men lost to Croatia in a penalty shootout.

The drama of that situation was added by the fact that it was precisely in those minutes that the legendary Pele, who held the record for goals scored for the national team, was living out his last days. At the end of 2022, Neymar equaled the legend - it became obvious that the achievement would sooner or later fall. The 31-year-old forward missed the March and June matches of the national team due to injury, but immediately after his return he closed his gestalt.

Bolivia, an underdog in the South American qualification, suffered from the magnificent Brazilian. And Neymar scored the historic goal in the 61st minute from a pass from Rodrigo, having previously conceded a penalty in the first half. The Al-Hilal forward has several more years of an active career ahead of him, during which he is able to bring his tally of goals scored for the national team to one hundred (there are currently 83).

Whatever one may say, this achievement alone does not place Neymar in the pantheon of the greatest personalities in the history of Brazilian football. Yes, he is a very cool forward, but Ney was unable to fully realize his talent. Injuries, problems with discipline and the not-so-successful Brazilian generation got in the way.