Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar is set to make his 100th Brazil appearance when the Copa America champions play Senegal in a friendly game in Singapore on Thursday October 10th.
At the age of 27, Neymar will be the youngest Brazilian player to reach 100 caps for his country. The Brazilian federation presented him with a special shirt that had the number 100 on the back instead of the usual number ten.
Neymar has had a difficult 2019, which saw him suffer a foot injury that ended up keeping him out from January until April. After returning towards the end of the season, he sustained an ankle injury, which forced him to miss the Copa America tournament, which Brazil hosted and ended up winning.
He was also the subject of a rape investigation, which was eventually dropped due to a lack of evidence. In the summer, his former club Barcelona attempted to resign him, and despite Neymar seeming keen on the move, the clubs failed to agree on a deal.
The Brazilian has impressed after returning to PSG's starting line-up, scoring four goals in five games, including three late winners against Strasbourg, Lyon, and Bordeaux.
AFP reported that Neymar hinted that he wanted to return to Barcelona in the summer but was now happy at PSG.
"I'm happy in the national team and with my club too," Neymar said.
"Everyone knows what happened during the last transfer window, my initial desires, but today I'm happy and I feel comfortable in my club."
The number 100 shirt was presented to Neymar by former Brazilian striker Bebeto, who himself has 75 appearances for his country and led them to the World Cup in 1994.
Neymar said he was proud to reach the 100-cap milestone. "I'm happy to reach this number," the 27-year-old said. "The results are very positive, even if a footballer's life is not all about winning," he said.
Neymar is Brazil's third-highest goal-scorer in history, with 61 goals in 99 appearances. He is one goal behind Ronaldo and 16 goals behind all-time leading goal scorer Pele. He will be hoping to surpass both before the end of his career.