Neymar removes Pele from his throne in the Brazilian national team…the historical scorers for the most prominent teams in the world

Brazilian star Neymar da Silva entered history after scoring two goals for his country against Bolivia, at the opening of the two countries’ campaign in the Latin American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup finals.

The two goals that Neymar scored in the match in which the “Samba Dancers” won 5-1 gave him the throne of all-time top scorers for the Brazilian national team, and displaced his compatriot, the late legend Pele, who had 77 goals.

The Saudi Al Hilal star joined a distinguished list that includes the players who scored the most for their country’s national teams, of which we are reviewing the top 10, according to the Spanish newspaper “Marca”.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo: The all-time top scorer for national teams in the history of football, and not just for Portugal, as he reached his 123rd goal in 201 international matches. “The Don” appeared for his country for the first time against Kazakhstan on August 20, 2003.
  • Lionel Messi“The Flea” tops the list of all-time scorers for the Argentine national team, and is third on the list of all-time scorers for national teams after Cristiano and Iranian Ali Daei. He scored 104 goals in 176 matches, noting that his first international match was with Hungary on August 17, 2005, on which day he was expelled. With a direct red card one minute after coming on.
  • Neymar da Silva: The Saudi Al Hilal player snatched the throne of all-time top scorers from his compatriot Pele, after his two goals against Bolivia at the beginning of Brazil’s campaign in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. Neymar reached his 79th goal in 125 matches, and played his first international match against the United States on August 10, 2010. .
  • Miroslav KloseThe retired striker celebrated scoring 71 goals with the German national team in 137 matches, and made his international debut against Albania on March 24, 2001. Klose is the all-time top scorer in World Cup tournaments, scoring 16 goals in 4 tournaments (2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014).
  • David Villa: “Al Maravia” (The Miracle) tops the list of all-time scorers for the Spanish national team, scoring 59 goals in 95 international matches. Villa wore the “La Roja” shirt for the first time against San Marino on February 9, 2005.
  • Harry KaneFor the first time in his professional career, the English international striker appears in the shirt of a team other than Tottenham, wearing the Bayern Munich shirt, which he moved to in the last “mercato”. At the international level, Kane scored 58 goals in 84 matches, and appeared for the first time with the “Three Lions” against Lithuania. On March 27, 2015.
  • Olivier GiroudThe French striker scored 58 goals for his country in 125 matches, and Giroud played for the first time with the France national team against the United States on November 11, 2011.
  • Luigi Riva: No Italian player was able to take the top scorer spot for the Azzurri from striker Riva, who retired from football in 1978. Riva scored 35 goals in 42 international matches, and appeared with the Italian national team for the first time against Hungary on June 27, 1965.
  • Robin van PersieThe Dutch striker is considered one of the most enjoyable and best strikers in the history of football. He scored for the Windmills team 50 times in 102 matches. The world knew him at the international level for the first time against Romania on June 4, 2005.
  • Luis Suarez: “Al-Adad” enjoyed scoring for his country, Uruguay, 68 times in 137 international matches, and Suarez wore the national team’s shirt for the first time against Colombia on February 7, 2007.

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