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Ney­mar eclipses Ronaldo as hat-trick brings 64th Brazil goal

- Sports · Soccer · Neymar da Silva · Cristiano Ronaldo · Brazil national football team · Brazil · Peru national football team · Tite · Pelé

Ney­mar over­took Ronaldo and moved into sec­ond place be­hind Pele on Brazil’s all-time goalscor­ing list af­ter notch­ing a hat-trick in a 4-2 vic­tory over Peru on Tues­day in a World Cup qual­i­fier.

He now has 64 goals, two more than Ronaldo and 13 be­hind Pele, who heads the list with 77, ac­cord­ing to the count by world gov­ern­ing body Fifa.

Brazil coach Tite was re­luc­tant to com­pare his cur­rent star with past greats.

“It’s un­fair mak­ing com­par­isons,” he said.

“What I can say is Ney­mar has this un­pre­dictabil­ity. He is the bow and the ar­row, he’s a player who both makes and takes chances. And he gets bet­ter and bet­ter, and more ma­ture.”

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