Messi close to shattering Romario’s goal scoring record

... Neymar close to breaking Pele’s goals record

Messi close to shattering Romario's goal scoring record

Argentina’s captain, Lionel Messi, is on the verge of shattering Romario’s FIFA-recognized goals record.

Messi is now only three goals behind Romario following Argentina’s 5-0 triumph over Estonia in an international friendly match on Sunday.

The Paris Saint-German player is currently ranked fourth among the top ten highest goal scorers of all time, while Romario is ranked third.

So far in his career, the Barcelona icon has 769 goals in 974 games for both club and country, while Romario has 772 goals in 994 games (1985-2007).

However, Manchester United and Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo holds the number one spot with 815 goals after scoring two in Portugal’s 4-0 win over Switzerland at the weekend, while former Austrian international, Josef Bican, is in the second position with 805 goals in over 530 games (1931-1956).

Meanwhile, Brazil forward Neymar is on the verge of shattering Pele’s goals record.

Neymar scored the only goal in Brazil’s 1-0 win against Japan in an international friendly match at Japan National Stadium on Monday.

With his goal against Japan, Neymar now has 74 international goals in 119 appearances for Brazil.

Pele, who scored 77 goals for Brazil, is three goals ahead of the former Barcelona player. Neymar has surpassed Brazil icon Ronaldo’s 62.

When the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off in November in Qatar, Neymar will be hoping to lead Brazil to victory.