Brazil attacking midfielder Kaka, who is on the verge of becoming the country’s leading goalscorer in FIFA World Cup qualifying, believes Neymar will just break the record sooner rather than later anyway. The Orlando City footballer has been called up for Brazil’s upcoming qualifiers due to the injury sustained by Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho. Kaka currently has 10 goals in World Cup qualifiers and just needs two more to overtake current holders Romario and Zico, who have 11 each. 

“It will mean a lot to me. If I score two goals now and become the all-time scorer of the qualifiers in a team with so many great players at a high level, it will mean a lot to me,” Kaka, 2002 World Cup winner, was quoted as saying by on Tuesday. 

“I have been aware of this feat since the 2010 qualifiers but didn’t know how many I needed. Now I know I need two, but then Neymar will come and run away with it anyway,” the former AC Milan star said. Despite scoring 46 goals for the national team since his debut in 2010, Neymar has never played in a World Cup qualifier due to Brazil’s automatic qualification for hosting the 2014 tournament. Even if 33-year-old Kaka breaks the record in the games against Chile and Venezuela, 23-year-old Neymar will still have a long way to go before reaching the feat.

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