On Sunday, Paris Saint Germain won the Champions Trophy, the French Super Cup, against Nantes in what was Lionel Messihis second trophy with the club and the 41st of his career, bringing him closer to Dani Alves‘ world record.
Ancient Barcelona Back right Dani Alves holds the record for most career trophies with 43, counting club and international competitions. His former teammate Messi is now just two behind that tally.
At 35 and playing for PSGyou certainly wouldn’t bet against Messi overtaking Alves now that he’s within easy reach of the Brazilian’s record.
At 39, Alves is still playing, but his current club, Puma UNAM did not win the MX League since 2011 or the cup since 1975, so it’s likely his tally will remain at 43.
Messi is therefore well on his way to becoming the most decorated player in the history of football, a deserved honor for the player who many consider to be the best of his generation and one of the greatest of all time.
It’s actually very possible that Messi will match Alves’ figure this season as it would be enough for PSG to win Ligue 1 and a Coupe de France, certainly not beyond his ability or expectations.
The World Cup in Qatar this winter will also no doubt be a target for both players and a chance for them to add to their vast trophy cabinets.
Alves has already won six trophies with Brazil (two Copa Americas, two Confederations Cups, an Olympics and a U20 World Cup), while Messi has four with Argentina (Copa America, CONEMBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions , Olympic Games, U20 World Cup).
The best of the rest
Behind Alves and Messi on the all-time trophy list come Andres Iniesta (37), Gerard pricks (36) and Cristiano Ronaldo (34).
Pique is the most likely of this trio to add to his collection, but he remains far behind Messi. This could be a big year for the Argentine legend in more ways than one as he aims to continue making history.