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Neymar Surpasses Pele to Become Brazil's Top Male Goal Scorer

Neymar is one of Brazil’s biggest football stars of his generation, and his latest match with the national team cemented his place among the legends of this sport. Neymar scored his 79th goal against Bolivia on Friday to pass Pele as Brazil’s top male goal scorer. Team Brazil were on top of their game against Bolivia in a World Cup qualifying match on Friday, and Neymar was their shiniest star. He scored twice in the second half of his 125th appearance with the national team, leading Brazil to a 5-1 win against Bolivia along the way. By doing so, Neymar broke Pele’s record of 77 goals for the national team, but he stayed as humble as ever after this major career milestone. “I am very happy, no words for this. I never thought I would reach this record… I want to say that this doesn’t mean I am better than him or than any national team player. I always wanted to write my story in the national team, and today I did that,” said Neymar after the match. Even after breaking Pele’s record, Neymar is still far away from becoming Brazil’s top goal scorer, overall. That record is held by Marta Vieira da Silva, who scored a record 122 goals in 189 matches with Brazil's women's team.