Pelé praises Neymar and urges him to continue his career with the Brazilian national team

BERLIN: Brazilian soccer legend Pele congratulated Neymar for matching his record with the Brazilian national team, in terms of international goals, and urged him to “keep inspiring us” amid doubts about his international future. Neymar scored his goal in national no. 77 for the Brazil national team in the first overtime of their quarterfinal match against the Croatia national team on Friday. However, Bruno Petkovic leveled the score in the 117th minute and the Croatian national team managed to beat the Brazilian national team 4/2 on penalties to qualify for the semi-finals, where they face the Argentina national team on Tuesday. Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar indicated after the match that he may have played his last match for the Brazil national team, although he will abstain from making the decision officially. And while it was a bittersweet occasion for Neymar (30), Pele, that is in hospital to treat a respiratory infection, he turned to the social media to praise his compatriot. Pelé wrote on “Instagram”: “I have seen you grow, I have encouraged you every day and at the end I can congratulate you for equaling my number of goals with the Brazilian national team.” He added: “We all know this is more than just a number. Our great mission as athletes is to inspire.” He continued: “To inspire our fellow professionals, the generations future and above all to inspire all those who love our sport”. He underlined: “Unfortunately today is not our happiest day, but you will always be the source of inspiration to which many aspire”. the time, the greater our legacy I have achieved mine record nearly 50 years ago and no one has come close yet.” He stressed, “I get it, kid. This increases the magnitude of your success. But, you know, I know there’s no number greater than the joy of representing the country than him. He continued: “I’m 82 and, after all this age, I hope I’ve inspired you in somehow achieve what I have achieved.” “Also, I hope your success spreads to the millions of people who follow you to challenge the seemingly impossible.” He continued: “Your legacy is not over yet. Continue to I will continue to hit the air with joy with every goal you score, just like I did in every game I watched for you. (dpa)