Sporting Life

Football: Brazil vs Senegal, it's no classic but this still deserves a bigger audience

At the National Stadium, all that matters for me is No. 62. I'm willing to wait for it because that's the point of sport, isn't it, the thrill, the anticipation, the uncertainty over whether it will happen and yet the belief in the champion.

Neymar is on 61 international goals and he has scored against more nations (29) than he has had years on this planet (27). One more goal will tie him with Ronaldo and leave him 15 behind Pele (77). One day he might overtake the legend but he can't ever surpass him.

Please or to continue reading the full article.

Get unlimited access to all stories at $0.99/month

  • Latest headlines and exclusive stories
  • In-depth analyses and award-winning multimedia content
  • Get access to all with our no-contract promotional package at only $0.99/month for the first 3 months*

*Terms and conditions apply.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 11, 2019, with the headline 'It's no classic but this still deserves a bigger audience'. Print Edition | Subscribe