PSG played against Metz on Saturday in the middle of the Kylian Mbappe disaster for Real Madrid, they won 5-0 with a hat-trick scored by him but Neymar also made history. Even though the Brazilian star is considered a mediocre player by many, this couldn’t be further from the truth. With his goal on Saturday, Ney reached a legendary milestone that only two other players achieved throughout their careers.
Those stars are compatriot Romario and Cristiano Ronaldo. What milestone are we talking about? Neymar became the third player in football history to score 100+ goals with three different professional football clubs. For Santos FC, Ney scored 136 goals in 225 games. At FC Barcelona, he scored 105 goals in 186 games. And finally, Neymar reached his 100th goal in 144 games played for PSG.
For which clubs did Romario and Cristiano Ronaldo get 100+ goals?
Compatriot Romario got these numbers for PSV Einhoven, Vasco da Gamma and Flamengo. Cristiano Ronaldo has to be the one who got the most impressive feat out of the three. He achieved this feat at three of the biggest clubs in football history. He did it for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus.
Neymar is too far away from the numbers either of those two players got but he still can sit on the same table as they do. However, there is one stat in which Neymar does surpass any other footballer who ever lived. Regardless of how much flag he gets for never reaching his true potential, Neymar can still be considered one of the most successful players to ever do it.
Apart from these 100+ goals for three different clubs, Neymar also provided 50+ assists for the same clubs. This feat has never been done by any footballer in the modern era before him. It is also very likely no other player ever will, given how much reach Neymar has as a player.
Plus, he will likely also finish as Brazil’s top scorer and top assist provider by the time he hangs up his boots. Maybe it’s time to put some respect on Neymar’s name and appreciate what he’s done for the sport of football. We might never get to experience a player with his set of skills and versatility.