Neymar Needs Two Goals In Next Two Games To Achieve A Phenomenal Record
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Between La Liga titles, Olympic gold,Champions League and Copa Libertadores triumphs and captaining his country, there's not much Neymar hasn't achieved during his relatively short career, but Barcelona's brilliant Brazilian is on the verge of creating more history in his next two matches.
The former Santos prodigy will turn 25 on the 5th February, which leaves him two games in which to net his 299th and 300th career goals.
Should Neymar manage to find the net twice against Real Betis and Athletic Club, then he will become only the sixth player in history to have scored 300 goals before turning 25.
Neymar and Suarez prank Gerard Pique
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The 24-year-old scored 136 times for Santos, has 94 goals to his name as a Barcelona player, a half century as a full international with Brazil, with a further 18 scored for the Selecao's youth teams.
And Neymar would be joining some seriously illustrious company should he manage to achieve the feat. Even German goal machine Gerd 'Der Bomber' Muller 'only' managed 298 successful efforts before he turned 25, though it's doubtful Neymar will produce as prolific a career total as Muller's 653 goals in 707 matches.
As a teen prodigy at Santos, where the goal scoring began. Image: PA
Only Lionel Messi (306 goals), Ferenc Puskas (309), Eusebio (318), Jimmy Greaves (330) and Pele (495, although he's probably counting every goal he scored in training, too) have found their way to 300 before the age of 25.
Can Neymar become number six?
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