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How many titles has Leo Messi won in his career?

The Argentina captain lifted another trophy as Argentina won the World Cup after defeating France in the final.

Leo Messi is closing in on his former teammate Dani Alves in the most successful player of all time stakes.
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Lionel Messi keeps making history, as he just lifted the World Cup trophy with Argentina after defeating France in the final. He has now won 42 trophies overall and he’s only one behind the overall record held by his former Barcelona teammate, Dani Alves. Had PSG’s season worked out a little differently – defeat early on in the Coupe de France and a Trophée des Champions loss against Lille were not part of the plan – and had Real Madrid not heaped more misery on the Parisians in the Champions League, Messi might have overtaken Alves.

Messi’s trophy haul

As it stands, Messi remains on 42, the vast majority won during his prolific career at Barcelona. The player considered by many - if certainly not all and perhaps less so among those born before the year 2000 - to be the greatest of all time racked up 10 LaLiga titles at Camp Nou, as well as eight Spanish Super Cups, seven Copas del Rey, four Champions Leagues, three Club World Cups and European Super Cups. With Argentina, where Messi has now achieved the feat of his predecessor Diego Maradona and led his country to a World Cup triumph, he has won four titles: the under-20 World Cup in 2005, Olympic gold in 2008, the Copa América last year, and the World Cup.

Individually, only Cristiano Ronaldo comes close to Messi’s haul of accolades. The 34-year-old has a record six Ballons d’Or, six European Golden Shoes, seven Pichichi trophies, a FIFA Best award, a FIFA World Player award and four UEFA Best Player gongs to his name, among others.

Dani Alves leads the way

Despite Messi’s incredible haul, Brazil and Barcelona midfielder-defender Dani Alves still leads the way with 43 career titles to his name (his 2001-02 Copa do Nordeste with Bahía is generally discounted as a regional tournament), winning five at Sevilla, 23 with Barcelona, two at Juventus, six at PSG and six with the Brazilian national side, including two Copas América (but Alves has never lifted the World Cup).

Making up the top four positions are Andrés Iniesta and Maxwell, who have 37 titles each, and Gerard Piqué and Ryan Giggs, with 35.


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