Brazil legend, Pele, has promised forward Neymar that he would continue to punch the air of gladness with every goal the Paris Saint-Germain star scores.
Pele stated this in a lengthy emotional message he sent to Neymar via his Instagram account on Saturday.
The 82-year-old, who is currently recovering in Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo after he stopped responding to chemotherapy, was congratulating Neymar for equaling his record of 77 goals for Brazil.
Recall that Neymar has equalled Pele’s record of 77 goals for Brazil after scoring against Croatia in the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals on Friday.
And Pele, who is treating a respiratory infection that was aggravated by Coronavirus (COVID-19), wrote: “I saw you grow up, I cheered for you every day and finally, I can congratulate you on equaling my number of goals with the Brazilian National Team.
“Unfortunately, the day is not the happiest for us, but you will always be the source of inspiration that many aspire to become. I have learned as time goes by the more our legacy grows. My record was set almost 50 years ago, and no one has come close to it until now. U got there boy This values the greatness of your achievement, @neymarjr.
“I am 82, and after all this time, I hope I have inspired you in some way to make it this far.
“Your legacy is far from over. Keep inspiring us all. I’ll continue to punch the air of happiness with every goal you score, as I did in every match I saw you on the field.”
Neymar, who is currently 30 years old, will now hope to remain fit to play for Brazil in the next FIFA World Cup in 2026 when he will be 34.