Lionel Messi moves further clear of Cristiano Ronaldo on the list of players with the most trophies

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Lionel Messi moved a step closer to becoming the most decorated player in football history after winning the Trophée des Champions with Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.

The legendary Argentine forward, who turned 35 in June, has now won two trophies with PSG after securing the Ligue 1 title last season.

But how many trophies has Messi now won during his illustrious career – and where does he sit on the all-time list?

One thing’s for sure: it would be a shock at this point if Messi doesn’t go on to become football’s most decorated player before he retires.

The man widely regarded as the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) is on course to end his career with more trophies than any other player in history – and that feels fitting, doesn’t it?

Which footballers have won the most trophies in history?

Let’s take a look at the top 11:

11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (32 trophies)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic won his 32nd trophy with AC Milan last season (the Serie A title, no less) and recently extended his playing career for at least one more year.

The Swedish striker, who turns 41 in October, said earlier this year: “I want to play as long as I can. The reality is I’ll play until I see that someone is better than me, so I’m still playing.”

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REGGIO NELL’EMILIA, ITALY – MAY 22: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan celebrates after their side finished the season as Serie A champions during the Serie A match between US Sassuolo and AC Milan at Mapei Stadium – Citta’ del Tricolore on May 22, 2022 in Reggio nell’Emilia, Italy. (Photo by Chris Ricco/Getty Images)

10. Xavi (33 trophies)

A maestro with the ball at his feet, Barcelona’s current head coach is one of the greatest midfielders of all time who won trophies for fun during his glittering playing career at Camp Nou between 1998-2015.

Before hanging up his boots in 2019, Xavi also added four trophies to his collection at Al Sadd.

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BERLIN, GERMANY – JUNE 06: Xavi Hernandez of Barcelona lifts the trophy as he celebrates victory after the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and FC Barcelona at Olympiastadion on June 6, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

=8. Vitor Baia (34 trophies)

Portuguese goalkeeper Vitor Baia left Barcelona for FC Porto just as Xavi broke into Barça’s first team. He won a handful of trophies at Camp Nou before cleaning up at the Estadio do Dragao until his retirement in 2007.

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Porto’s Vitor Baia runs with the cup after winning the Portuguese Super Cup at the Cidade de Coimbra stadium in Coimbra, Portugal, August 20, 2004. Porto beat Benfica 1-0. REUTERS/ Nacho Doce ND/THI

=8. Cristiano Ronaldo (34 trophies)

Cristiano Ronaldo knows he doesn’t have long left until his playing days end, hence why he’s desperate to leave Manchester United for a team with a better chance of winning silverware this season.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner, 38 in February, has enjoyed success with every club he’s played at and is determined to add more trophies to his extensive collection before calling time on his remarkable career.

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PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal holds the Henri Delaunay trophy to celebrate after his team’s 1-0 win against France in the UEFA EURO 2016 Final match between Portugal and France at Stade de France on July 10, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

=6. Gerard Pique (35 trophies)

It’s easy to forget that Gerard Pique began his senior career under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, where he won the Premier League, Community Shield and Champions League.

But it’s at Barcelona where Pique has won the vast majority of his trophies, plus a few with Spain – including the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.

  Gerard Pique
Football – Holland v Spain FIFA World Cup Final – South Africa 2010 – Soccer City Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa – 11/7/10 Spain’s Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas kiss the World Cup trophy Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Carl Recine Livepic

=6. Kenny Dalglish (35 trophies)

A Celtic *and* Liverpool legend, Kenny Dalglish is one of the greatest British footballers of all time and only five players have won more trophies than the Scot.

Dalglish helped Celtic dominate Scottish football before moving to Anfield in 1977, where he inspired Liverpool to a host of titles both domestically and in Europe.

  Kenny Dalglish
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JUNE 11: Liverpool player manager Kenny Dalglish celebrates with the trophies on the teams homecoming bus parade after completing the Football League and FA Cup double, on May 11, 1986 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Simon Miles/Allsport/Getty Images/Hulton Archive)

5. Ryan Giggs (36 trophies)

Thirteen Premier League titles is absurd and it’s a record unlikely to ever be equalled. Ryan Giggs also won 23 other trophies with Man Utd including two Champions Leagues and three FA Cups.

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Football – Manchester United v Juventus Pre Season Friendly – ​​Old Trafford – 08/09 – 6/8/08 (LR) Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand – Manchester United with the UEFA Champions League Trophy and Barclays Premiership Trophy Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Jason Cairnduff

=3. Andres Iniesta (37 trophies)

Like his former Barcelona teammate Xavi, Andres Iniesta scooped up most of his trophies at Camp Nou during the most successful period in the club’s history.

The Spanish legend, now 38, has spent the past four years playing with Vissel Kobe and has won two trophies with the Japanese outfit to date.

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TBILISI, GEORGIA – AUGUST 11: Andres Iniesta of Barcelona lifts the UEFA Cup trophy as Barcelona celebrate victory during the UEFA Super Cup between Barcelona and Sevilla FC at Dinamo Arena on August 11, 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

=3. Maxwell (37 trophies)

It can pay to be a small fish in a big pond, just ask Brazilian full-back Maxwell.

A decent left-back, the South American won a host of major honors with Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

2. Lionel Messi (41 trophies)

One of only two footballers to win more than 40 trophies, Messi is surely destined to end his career at the very top of this list.

1. Dani Alves (43 trophies)

But standing in Messi’s way is a man he knows very well from their time together at Barcelona.

Dani Alves, 40 next May, recently joined Mexican side Pumas UNAM following a short stint back at Camp Nou.

Will he add at least one more trophy to his collection before retiring? You certainly wouldn’t bet against him.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JULY 07: Dani Alves of Brazil celebrates with the trophy and his teammates after winning the Copa America Brazil 2019 Final match between Brazil and Peru at Maracana Stadium on July 07, 2019 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

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