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World Cup: Croatia Stun Brazil As Neymar Equals Pele’s Record – Lifestyle Nigeria

Croatia, ranked 12 in FIFA rankings on Friday ousted the world’s number one ranked country, Brazil from the World Cup by 4-2 on a penalty shoot out after a 1-1 draw.

Neymar had pulled Brazil ahead in the 15th minute of the extra time through a moment of individual brilliance but that goal was cancelled out by Orsic in the 1166th minute with the only shot on target by Croatia.

Meanwhile, . reports that with his goal that Neymar has equalled Brazil legend Pele’s ‘official’ goalscoring record of 77 for the men’s national team with his goal against Croatia at the World Cup.

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World governing body Fifa recognises the record, but the Brazilian Football Confederation and Pele will not because they say he scored 95 goals.

Fifa only counts games between two nations and some of Pele’s goals came in friendlies against club sides.

Neymar has made 124 Brazil appearances, equalling Pele’s tally from 92 games.

The 30-year-old made his debut on 10 August 2010, scoring his first international goal in the 28th minute of a 2-0 win over the USA.

Eight of his goals have come in World Cups – four in 2014, two in 2018 and two so far in this tournament in Qatar – with another five coming in the Copa America.

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