How many titles has Leo Messi won in his career?
The Argentina captain lifted another trophy as PSG secured the Ligue 1 title on Saturday, but where does he stand on the all-time list of gong-getters?
Paris Saint-Germain’s Ligue 1 title triumph following a 1-1 draw against Lens at the Parc des Princes on Saturday might not have overly impressed PSG fans, but it took Leo Messi to within one title of 40 career trophies and to within three of 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 made up those three in the current season to tie Alves, who is certainly not going to add to his haul with Barcelona in 2021-22.
Messi’s trophy haul
As it stands, Messi remains on 39, 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 yet to achieve the feat of his predecessor Diego Maradona and lead his country to a World Cup triumph, he has won three titles: the under-20 World Cup in 2005, Olympic gold in 2008 and the Copa América last year.
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 42 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 like Messi, 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.