The 50 Greatest Brazil Players Have Been Named And Ranked
The 28-year-old, who is now just 13 goals behind Pele's goalscoring record, bagged a hat-trick in their 4-2 win over Peru, taking his overall tally to 64 goals in 103 appearances for Seleção.
In the meantime, Neymar breezed past the great Ronaldo in the overall charts.
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:flag_br: Neymar's hat-trick sends him 2nd on Brazil's all-time top scorers. The 28-year-old celebrates by doing a number 9 with his hands & imitating Ronaldo's trademark finger-wagging celebration in a fitting tribute to Fenômeno :tm: pic.twitter.com/D9DDgiTnAB
The former Barcelona, Real Madrid and Inter Milan forward netted 62 times in 98 appearances during his 17 year career with the national team.
And following the World Cup qualifier victory at the Nacional Stadium in Lima, the Paris Saint-Germain forward, who also performed the classic finger-wagging celebration, paid tribute to 'R9' on social media.
"All my respect for you PHENOMENON." he wrote on Twitter.
Neymar's clinical record on the international stage is impressive to say the least.
The former Barcelona and Santos forward will almost certainly be regarded as one of the all-time greats but despite his contribution for Brazil down the years, fans believe he still doesn't break into the all-time top 10.
In fact, Neymar is only ranked in 15th place, behind the likes of Kaka, Cafu and Rivaldo on Ranker's' official list.
Here is the top 50 list in full:
47. Arthur Friedenreich
46. Douglas Costa
45. Ademir da Guia
44. Ze Roberto
43. Roberto Dinamite
42. Mario Zagallo
37. Philippe Coutinho
36. Roberto Firmino
34. Claudio Taffarel
33. Alisson Becker
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31. Thiago Silva
29. Juninho Pernambucano
23. Leonidas da Silva
22. Nilton Santos
21. Djalma Santos
19. Paulo Roberto Falcao
17. Dani Alves
13. Roberto Rivelino
10. Carlos Alberto
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