Ronaldo couldn’t help but admire a compatriot of his who recently surpassed his goalscoring tally for the Brazil national team.
Neymar Jr. was at his sparkling best in his side’s World Cup qualifying match against Peru on Wednesday.
The 28-year old forward opened the scoring for the Selecao from the spot two minutes before the opening half-hour of the match. He then proceeded to add two more in the final minutes to cap off his match-ball-winning performance.
The Paris Saint-Germain man upped his tally to 64 goals for his national team with last night’s hat-trick.
He is now Brazil’s second-best goalscorer, two more than the iconic marksman Ronaldo and 13 behind the legendary hitman Pele.
Ronaldo showed not an ounce of disappointment after being pushed down in the goalscoring charts and instead had kinds words for Neymar.
“All my respect for you @neymarjr! The sky is the limit. Fly, kid!,” the 1994 and 2011 world cup winner said via Instagram.
“What a beautiful story you are writing. Crack! Handling the pressure off the pitch is sometimes more challenging than the ball itself.
“Now tell me: where did we come from, where did we arrive…who is going to tell us what is impossible?
“Keep trusting your instincts because the talent is yours and nobody can take it from you. You have a lot of records to overcome and marks to leave.”