However, he was made to suffer for his brilliance after being accidentally elbowed in the face.
— ATB Radio (@ATB_Radio) October 7, 2016
In the second half, the Brazil and Barcelona superstar tried to nutmeg a Bolivian defender and got a forearm to the face for his troubles.
The amount of blood pouring down his face made the injury look worse than it was but he was substituted off soon after, midway through the second half, at the Estadio das Dunas in Natal.
Neymar’s 49th international goal in his 73rd appearance took him one clear of Zico on Brazil’s all-time top scorer’s list.
Still only 24, Neymar should reach Pele’s all-time record of 77 goals from 91 games with something to spare if he continues to score at his present rate.