Neymar not competing with 'icons'
12:00 AM, June 05, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:11 AM, June 05, 2018

Neymar not competing with 'icons'

Brazilian superstar Neymar says he has no desire to be Brazil's all-time leading scorer despite being third in the Selecao's charts.

The 26-year-old returned from a three-month injury layoff in a friendly against Croatia on Sunday, when he opened the scoring with a sublime strike that took his tally for Brazil to 54, one behind Romario.

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Only Ronaldo and Pele, who leads the charts with 77 strikes, lie in his path. However, speaking after that sumptuous strike off the crossbar had given Brazil a 2-0 win, Neymar said that records were unimportant.

"There is no fight to be Brazil's national team top scorer," Neymar was quoted as saying by FourFourTwo. "I think it's just numbers."

Neymar added that, in his eyes at least, he would never be better than the players he was competing with.

"They are my idols, those who were here before me, and when it comes to idols, I will never be better than them. So I respect each one of them, Romario, Zico, Ronaldo, Pele... because they are my idols. It's just numbers," Neymar said.

"I'm happy to help my team, to score goals, but I don't want to be better than them and neither will I be. Each one has their own history and knows their importance in the team. I'm very happy for the goals," the PSG frontman concluded.


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