The Paris Saint-Germain forward is now just nine behind Pele, which is the Selecao's all-time top scorer.
scored his 68th goal in a 4-0 win over Peru to move one step closer to Pele's 77-goal record.
"It's moving for me [to get closer to Pele's record], I've been through a lot these last two years,"
. "These [goal] numbers are nothing more than my joy of playing for Brazil, representing my country, my family. We're all going through a very atypical moment, a very hard moment in Brazil and elsewhere.
"To be a role model for someone, to make people happy, it gives me joy. I love the story that I'm writing here, I want my family and friends to be proud. I hope everyone who loves this game are proud of me, because these numbers don't really mean anything, only the pride of representing Brazil."
Pele reacted to Neymar's words.
"Every time I see this boy, he is smiling,"
. "It's impossible not to smile back. It is contagious.
"I, like all Brazilians, am always happy when I see him playing. Today, he took another step towards my goalscoring record for the Selecao. And I'm rooting for him to get there, with the same joy I've had since I saw him play for the first time."
The 29-year-old PSG star has made 107 appearances for the national team so far and has scored 68 goals, and it seems that if something strange does not happen, he will soon become the best goal scorer in the history of the Brazilian national team.