Brazil Looking to level Ronaldo’s scoring tally
With Brazil nursing their World Cup shortcomings in 2010, a friendly against the United States at MetLife Stadium was arranged on August 10 wherein a young debutant came in and scored.
That promising talent turned out to be Neymar, who is now set to make his 100th appearance for the Selecao against Senegal.
“I had the privilege of giving Neymar his debut,” Mano Menezes said.
That game in the US was the first of 99 he’s played so far, and Singapore will be the destination for his century.
“I never imagined I’d reach 100 games with my country,” the Paris Saint-Germain star noted.
“Of all of them I remember my debut, my first World Cup match and my first World Cup goal the most.
“I’ve been with the national team for almost 10 years. I’ve been one of the most important players, carrying the entire weight of the team. I’ve never hidden, I’ve performed, and I’ve always had different treatment.
“At Barcelona, [Lionel] Messi receives different treatment. Is it because he’s the most handsome? No. It’s for everything he does. It’s normal in football to receive different treatment when you reach a certain level.”
Should Neymar play against Senegal, he’ll join his country’s 100 club alongside Cafu (142), Roberto Carlos (125), Dani Alves (116), Lucio (105), Claudio Taffarel (101) and Robinho (100).
A goal will see him match Ronaldo Nazario‘s 62, which would mean that only Pele is ahead of him on 77.