Neymar Averages More International Goals Per Game Than Cristiano Ronaldo
It has been revealed that Neymar shockingly averages more goals per game for Brazil than Cristiano Ronaldo does for Portugal.
The Brazilian winger is maligned for his off field behaviour which often overshadows how talented the Paris Saint-Germain man is.
In 98 games for his country, Neymar has netted 61 goals including a strike against Colombia in the most recent international break.
In comparison, Portugal captain Ronaldo has netted 93 times in 160 games.
This means that Neymar has a total of 0.62 goals per game in comparison to Juventus forward Ronaldo's 0.58.
Neymar's dominance also extends to assists for country.
The 27-year-old has 41 assists for the 'Canarinho' meaning he is involved in 1.05 goals per game in a Brazil shirt.
In contrast, Ronaldo has 37 assists meaning his overall goal contribution sits at 0.81 for the current European champions.
It's impressive stuff from the Brazilian given he still has many years left at the top level.
He remains a key man for Brazil despite a turbulent 18/19 season which also saw him lose the Brazilian captaincy.
Despite the statistics, Ronaldo still sits atop the footballing world after breaking another record this week.
The 34-year-old scored four against Lithuania as well as one against Serbia to take his overall tally to 25 in European qualifying.
This nudges him ahead of former Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane who tried to warn the former Real Madrid man off breaking the record on Instagram.
Robbie Keane posted this picture earlier today as he was the record holder.- Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) September 10, 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo then went and scored FOUR goals tonight to become the top goalscorer of all time in European qualifiers with 24 goals. This is why you shouldn't tempt fate. :joy::flag_pt::crown: pic.twitter.com/NfeqPlAQYl
Ronaldo sitting on 93 goals moves him to 16 away from the all time international goal scoring record.
The record is currently held by Iranian forward Ali Daei who scored 109 goals in 149 games between 1993 and 2006.
And the 50-year-old is not upset at the prospect of Ronaldo breaking his record.
Speaking to IRNA News, via Persia Digest, the record holder said, "Records are for breaking; I did it when it was my turn, and it will be someone else's turn to beat my record next. It's not a big issue."
Asked if he would be upset to lose the record Daei added, "No, why should I be upset. Ronaldo is a great player with many honors in the world of football. He is on top form right now."
Considering how driven Ronaldo is to be the best, you have to think that breaking the record is next on his itinerary.
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