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Neymar won't match Pele's record, 2022 World Cup will be his last

Brazilian attacker Neymar Jr has said that the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be his last for Brazil.  


Neymar Jr, the pacy and tricky Brazilian attacker is one of the best and most successful Brazilians to ever play the beautiful game despite coming from the most talented football country on earth. He has made a career and reputation for himself after sealing a move from boyhood club Santos to Barcelona.

He is currently the highest scoring Brazilian with 69 international goals, and will certainly break the record of Pele who has 77 goals before he retires, but there's a record by Pele that he may never match not to talk of breaking; Pele's record at the FIFA World Cup.

“I think it’s my last World Cup,” says Neymar of Qatar 2022. “I don’t know if I have the strength of mind to deal with football anymore. So I’ll do everything to prepare well, to win with my country, to realise the dream I've had ever since I was little. I hope I can do it.”

Pele played in four consecutive World Cups for Brazil and won three. If Neymar goes by his words and retires after 2022 he'd have only played just three World Cups, one short of Pele's four and even if he wins, he would still be two short of Pele's three wins.

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