Neymar is widely regarded as one of the finest soccer players in the world, and his reputation is only set to be enhanced after a video of him scoring an impossible goal while training ahead of Brazil’s match with France emerged online.
You can check out footage of the Barcelona attacker’s ridiculous strike from behind the goal below.
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Neymar, who stood directly behind the middle of the goal for his attempt, managed to get enough spin on the ball in order for it to hit the ground and then crawl back towards him and over the line.
The ball looped over the goal and then, when it hit the ground, it then spun back and crossed over the line. But rather than being met with rapturous applause and congratulations by his teammates who were sat nearby, the other Brazilian national team players simply went about their session as if it was an everyday occurrence.
Meanwhile, Pele has been discussing the impact that Neymar has had on Brazilian soccer. And even though he’s impressed by his ability, Pele doesn’t believe that the 23-year-old will eclipse his reputation.
According to Goal, when asked whether Neymar might replace him as Brazil’s most famous player, Pele emphatically responded, “I think not. I think to be the new king, the new Pele, is impossible. Because my mother and my father closed the machine.”
However, Pele made sure to praise Neymar’s talent, admitting, “I think he’s a good player, an excellent young player and he’s going to be a big star, no doubt.”
Neymar, who previously played for Santos before he moved to Barcelona for $94 million in 2013, has already amassed 42 goals in 60 matches for Brazil. He is currently the fifth highest goalscorer in national team history, and the only players ahead of him are Zico (who scored 48 goals in 71 games), Romario (55 in 70), Ronaldo (62 in 98), and Pele (77 in 92).
Many soccer experts have predicted that Neymar, who is still only 23-years-old, will eventually eclipse Pele’s record total for Brazil. But even if he doesn’t, by scoring goals as good as the one above, he will still go down in folklore as a Brazilian soccer legend.
Brazil is due to take on France on Thursday evening at the Stade de France in Paris, which is a repeat of the 1998 World Cup final. France eventually won that contest 3-0, becoming the world champions for the first time in their history.