AC Milan striker Robinho has been regarded as the most prolific goal scorer for Brazilian club Santos, but that has changed after Brazilian sensation Neymar scored his 95th goal for Santos in the 5-0 demolition of Paulista.
Neymar is regarded to be on par with the AC Milan striker Robinho, who was the last great player for Santos. Many regarded Robinho to be the next Pele in very much the same way Neymar has been thought of today. Neymar is expected to make the much anticipated move to a European club after the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup unlike Robinho who came to Europe much earlier.
Santos moved to the fourth position in the table after the 5-0 win over Paulista courtesy of the hat trick from Neymar. It is thought that the man could fetch around £ 45 million in transfer fees when they eventually decides to move to Europe due to the immense talent he possesses.
Many also regard him to be on par with the current great player – Lionel Messi. Only four players are ahead of Neymar in the all-time Brazilian scoring list after the retirement of Pele. If he continues to stay in Brazil until the end of 2014, it is very conceivable that Neymar could go top of the Brazilian scoring charts by then.
“I do not play to overtake anyone, just to help Santos. Robinho is my idol, you [journalists] know that, the idol is always at the top,” Neymar said after the match. It is highly likely that Neymar will be around in Brazil long enough to beat the record set by Pele. Pele has an astonishing 643 goals for Santos in the 1033 matches he has played for the club. The next target for Neymar will be the 101 goals scored by Juary.