BREAKING: #FIFA Reacts As #Neymar’s 78th Goal Overtakes #Pele As Brazil’s All-Time Top Scorer—-The Nigeria Football Federation has confirmed that Neymar has overtaken the country’s legendary footballer Pele as all time goal scorrer in Brazil’s national team after scoring its 78th goal against Bolivia.
FIFA made this known via the verified instagram page
The 31-year-old former FC Barcelona and PSG winger scored two goals against Bolivia in South America’s 2026 World Cup qualifiers on Friday night, September 8, to equal and surpass Pele’s record.
Neymar’s two goals helped Brazil to win 5-1 and commence their 2026 World Cup qualification campaign on a high note.
Before the game, Neymar was a goal behind Pele in terms of the country’s all-time leading scorer chart. However, in the 17th minute of the encounter, Neymar had the opportunity to equal Pele’s 77 goals for the country in his 125th cap via a spot-kick but Bolivian goalkeeper, Guillermo Viscarra saved the kick.
After that, Neymar waited until the 61st minute to score his 77th goal and finally equaled Pele’s record. In injury time, the Al Hilal forward cemented his legacy by scoring his 78th goal for Brazil to become the country’s all-time highest goalscorer in international football.
While Pele reached 77 goals in 92 games between 1957 and 1971, Neymar waited until his 125th game before he equaled the record and surpassed it.
Neymar achieved this even though he joined the Brazil national team with fitness issues which he has been battling with since last season. Before the game, he told newsmen that he was mentally ready to play for the team but was not 100 percent fit.
Reacting to Neymar’s mile stone record, FIFA wrote:
Brazil have a new goalscoring king! 🇧🇷👑
Neymar’s 78th goal overtakes Pele as @CBF_Futebol’s all-time men’s leading scorer. 🔝