Neymar Jr. is the 10th biggest top-scorer of the Champions League
Neymar Jr., who’s only 24 years old but already scored 301 goals in his career, broke another great personal rank. Yeaterday (19), in the 4-0 rout against Manchester City, at the Camp Nou, in this season’s Champions League’s third round, Barcelona’s number 11 scored his 19th goal in the competition and became the 10th biggest Brazilian top-scorer of the competition.
The player has already scored 19 goals in 36 games in the Champions League since he arrived in Barça and, if he had scored the penalty goal he lost in his last game, he would get to his 20th, matching Hulk’s number and the number of his own idol, Romário.
But the athlete adds up to an impressive number, leaving behind great Brazilian players like Ronaldinho Gaúcho, Juninho Pernambucano and Alex, all of those who scored 18 goals in the competition.
In his third season with the club, he surpassed big scorers like Samuel Eto´o (16 goals, 18 games), and has become the fourth biggest top-scorer of the team in the competition, matched with his coach, Luis Enrique, who also scored 19 goals in 36 games. Patrick Kluivert (20 goals, 46 games), the Brazilian Rivaldo (22 goals, 43 games) and his teammate Lionel Messi (89 goals, 108 games) are the ones above him in the Catalan team.
If Neymar Jr. keep scoring in this rhythm, he might surpass Romário (20) and Adriano (21). Reaching, maybe, Kaka’s (30) numbers and the leader of the Brazilian artillery in the competition, Rivaldo (31).
The five biggest top-scorers in the history of the competition are:
- Cristiano Ronaldo – 95 goals
- Lionel Messi – 89 goals
- Raúl González – 71 goals
- Ruud van Nilstelrooy – 56 goals
- Thierry Henry – 50 goals