Brazil player ratings vs Bolivia: Neymar surpasses Pele to make history, but Rodrygo steals the show

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The Al-Hilal sensation firmly etched his name in the annals of football history during an emphatic triumph for the Brazilian national team in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

It was a moment that appeared to slip through Neymar's grasp initially. Standing at the precipice of surpassing the legendary Pele as Brazil's all-time leading goal-scorer, Neymar assumed his position at the penalty spot. The outcome was less than desired, as he sent a tame effort straight into the waiting arms of Guillermo Viscarra, a result of his trademark slow approach to the spot-kick.

However, destiny was on Neymar's side, and his record-breaking moment was merely delayed by minutes, not days or weeks. With his 78th international goal, Neymar surpassed Pele's remarkable goal tally, and he didn't stop there, adding a 79th goal later in the game. This historic feat was achieved in a resounding 5-1 victory over Bolivia, setting the stage for a perfect start to Brazil's World Cup qualifying campaign.

Yet, Neymar was not the sole protagonist of this exhilarating performance. In fairness, he might not even have been the standout attacker on the Brazilian side. Those honors went to Rodrygo, who netted two goals and contributed an assist. It was a dominant attacking display, as one would expect from Brazil, but this particular match will be etched in memory due to Neymar's extraordinary accomplishment, which now places him at the pinnacle of the all-time goal-scoring charts for the Selecao.

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Player Ratings:

Goalkeeper & Defense

Ederson (6/10): Ederson maintained a flawless 100% pass accuracy, a testament to Brazil's dominance throughout the game. He was called upon to make two late saves but may feel he could have done better to preserve the clean sheet.

Danilo (6/10): Danilo exhibited his attacking prowess from the right flank, creating several promising chances.

Marquinhos (6/10): Marquinhos operated quietly but effectively in defense, as Bolivia failed to pose any significant threat.

Gabriel Magalhaes (7/10): T

he Arsenal star showcased his impressive ball-playing abilities and was dependable in cleaning up defensive situations.

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Renan Lodi (6/10): 

Renan Lodi's performance included a potential penalty shout early in the game, but he was otherwise unremarkable.

Midfield

Bruno Guimaraes (8/10): 

Guimaraes was a dominant presence in midfield, completing every pass during his 71 minutes on the pitch. He created two chances and frequently regained possession, delivering a well-rounded performance.

Casemiro (7/10): 

Casemiro played well in midfield, although he was not quite as influential as Guimaraes. Nonetheless, he played a key role in keeping Bolivia's attacking threats in check.

Attack

Rodrigo (9/10): 

Rodrygo stole the show with a masterful performance, scoring twice and setting up another goal. He was undoubtedly the man of the match.

Neymar (9/10): 

Despite his missed penalty, Neymar had an excellent outing. His record-breaking goal was the highlight of the match, and he added another in stoppage time.

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Raphinha (8/10): 

Raphinha showcased his finishing skills with a fantastic goal from Neymar's assist, despite being somewhat overshadowed by the performances of his teammates.

Richarlison (4/10): 

Richarlison had a notably quiet day, with limited involvement and just 15 touches. He missed a significant scoring opportunity while others around him thrived.

Substitutes & Manager

Matheus Cunha (5/10): 

Matheus Cunha entered the game with about 20 minutes remaining but failed to make a significant impact with the match already firmly in Brazil's control.

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Joelinton (6/10): 

Replacing his club teammate Guimaraes in midfield, Joelinton missed a notable scoring opportunity during his time on the field.

Callo Henrique (5/10): 

Callo Henrique was partly at fault for Bolivia's goal, as he couldn't prevent Victor Abrego's run.

Roger Ibanez (N/A): 

Ibanez made a late appearance, replacing Gabriel.

Gabriel Jesus (N/A):

Gabriel Jesus had a brief cameo as Rodrygo was substituted to celebrate a job well done.

Manager Fernando Diniz (7/10): 

Diniz orchestrated a near-perfect performance, making all the right decisions on a day when it was difficult to find fault in Brazil's one-sided victory.

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