Lionel Messi wants to surpass Dani Alves in number of titles
Lionel Messi wants to continue expanding his legend and that is why he seeks to consecrate himself with Inter Miami, after a month of his debut at the American club. The Argentine will play the Leagues Cup final against Nashville and could thus add another trophy to his collection of achievements.
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La Pulga is at this point the most winning player of all time with 43 titles, the same amount as Dani Alves. Obviously the most valuable is the World Cup he won in Qatar last December, but the list is long and there is also some controversy.
At the end of 2022, the Brazilian player himself made a post on the networks congratulating his friend for having won 42 titles, one less than him. Then, after that celebration with Argentina, the captain took a new Olympic tour at the club level with PSG, when at the end of last season he won Ligue 1. In this way, Messi reached the line of Alves.
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That coronation on French soil allowed Messi to reach the 43rd title of his career and also take off from the Spanish Andrés Iniesta and the Brazilian Maxwell, who complete the podium with 37. Behind the aforementioned, Ryan Giggs (36), Cristiano Ronaldo, Kenny Dalglish and Gerard Piqué (35), Vítor Baía (34) and Ángel Di María (34).
But there is some controversy with both. In this account Messi is included in the 2005 Spanish Super Cup, which is in constant debate. That tournament was played in a double match on August 13 and 20 between Barcelona and Betis, the 2004/05 Spanish La Liga champion and the 2004/05 Copa del Rey champion, respectively. The Blaugrana thrashed the first leg 3-0 and lost the second leg 1-2, but Messi did not enter the squad in either of the two games. For this reason, in many counts they do not consider him the champion of said contest, although the Blaugrana institution includes him among the champion players of that trophy.
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In addition, with Dani Alves something similar happens with the 2018 French Super Cup that he did not play, but that is counted in his record despite not having been called up by PSG.
What are the 43 titles that Messi won? Lionel’s record consists of 10 Spanish Leagues, eight Spanish Super Cups, seven Copas del Rey, four Champions League, three European Super Cups and three Club World Cups. All these conquests, a total of 34, have been achieved with the Barcelona shirt since 2005 until he said goodbye in mid-2021. To these we must add the two Ligue 1 achieved with PSG (last season and the current one). and the French Super Cup (2021/22).
For his part, with the Argentine team, Lionel Messi has also added the World Cup in Qatar 2022, the Finalissima against Italy, the Copa América in Brazil 2021, plus the Olympic gold medal in Beijing 2008 and an Under 20 World Cup in Holland 2005.
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Lionel Messi is the Argentine soccer player with the most titles in history, where he maintains a wide margin with respect to his greatest pursuers. Ángel Di María, thanks to the recent Portuguese Super Cup, was placed as his only guard with 34. While Carlos Tevez (29) completes the podium.
On the list behind Apache is Luis González. In this case, a clarification similar to that of Messi with the 2005 Spanish Super Cup, is that in the Paranaense Championships won in 2018 and 2019 by Athletico Paranaense, Lucho was not part. He not only did not play any of the editions, but he was also not in any game on the substitute bench.
Below are the retired Javier Mascherano, Esteban Cambiasso, Alfredo Di Stéfano (25), Walter Samuel, Guillermo Barros Schelotto (23) and Sergio Agüero (21).
1. Lionel Messi 43
2. Angel Di Maria 34
3. Carlos Tevez 29
4. Lucho Gonzalez 28
5. Javier Mascherano 25
6. Alfredo Di Stefano 25
7. Esteban Cambiasso 25
8. Walter Samuel 23
9. Guillermo Barros Schelotto 23
10. Sergio Aguero 21
Julián Álvarez achieved the 14th title of his career with the European Super Cup and reached a record of Lionel Messi