Brazil Kicks off FIFA World Cup 2026 Qualifiers with Thrilling 5-1 Victory Over Bolivia; Neymar Surpasses Pele as Top National Team Goal scorer.
Neymar jubilantly celebrates his goal against Bolivia. (Photo: Reuters)
In an electrifying start to the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, Brazil dominated Bolivia with a convincing 5-1 victory at home. Neymar Jr., the 31-year-old forward who recently transferred to Al-Hilal in Saudi Arabia, made history by surpassing Pele’s record to become Brazil’s all-time leading goal scorer with 79 goals. Despite a first-half penalty miss, Neymar rebounded with two goals in the 61st and 93rd minutes.
Pele’s official account congratulated Neymar on this achievement via social media. Neymar humbly acknowledged the milestone, expressing his desire to carve his own legacy in Brazilian football.
Real Madrid’s Rodrygo also shone in the match, scoring twice. Raphinha and Victor Abrego added to the scoreline. Brazil will look to continue their winning streak against Peru in the next round of qualifiers, while Uruguay, under new coach Marcelo Bielsa, secured a 3-1 win over Chile.