It is official: now only Pele stands between Neymar and a place in Brazil’s record books.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward stepped up with two penalties and a late tap-in to down Peru in a gripping World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as the Selecao twice came back from behind to prevail 4-2 in Lima.

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Tite’s charges, thus, start their journey towards Qatar 2022 with a perfect six points from six, and their star forward now occupies a privileged position in Brazil history.

“Every generation has its own values. Ronaldo was extraordinary, Rivaldo was extraordinary, Romario and Bebeto too, each one in his own time,” he told reporters.

“It is unfair to make comparisons. All I can say is that Neymar is very unpredictable. He’s a player that not only gives you assists but also goals, and with an ever larger level of maturity.”

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