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.

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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