Messi, Ronaldo, Alves, Giggs: Which footballer has won most trophies?

  • Rob Swan
Lionel Messi moves closer to top spot on list of footballers with most trophies in history

Lionel Messi added yet another trophy to his extraordinary collection after winning his first Ligue 1 title with Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday.

PSG were crowned champions of France after a 1-1 draw against Lens at the Parc des Princes.

Messi broke the deadlock with a screamer midway through the second half and the Argentine’s fourth league goal of the campaign was enough for PSG to seal their 10th league title, despite the fact Corentin Jean equalised shortly before full-time.

This was Messi’s first trophy with PSG following his emotional departure from Barcelona last summer.

But how many team trophies has the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner now won during his illustrious career – and where does he sit on the list of players with the most trophies in football history?

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MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 09: Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round Of Sixteen Leg Two match between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 09, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Let’s take a look:

11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (31 trophies)

At 40 years old, time is running out for Zlatan to add to his tally.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 26: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United celebrates victory with the trophy after during the EFL Cup Final between Manchester United and Southampton at Wembley Stadium on February 26, 2017 in London, England. Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

10. Xavi (33 trophies)

One of the greatest midfielders of all time, Xavi collected trophies for fun during his career as a Barcelona player.

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MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 25: Xavi Hernandez (R) of Barcelona is handed the Copa del Rey trophy by Prince Felipe (L) after beating Athletic Bilbao 3-0 during the Copa del Rey Final at Vicente Calderon Stadium on May 25, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

=8. Vitor Baia (34 trophies)

The retired Portuguese goalkeeper won most of his titles with FC Porto, plus a few more with Barça in the 1990s.

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Porto’s goalie Vitor Baia (L) runs with Champions League trophy withhis team mates following their 3-0 victory in the final against Monaco at the Arena AufSchalke stadium in the western German city of Gelsenkirchen May 26, 2004. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro JR/CRB

=8. Cristiano Ronaldo (34 trophies)

Ronaldo returned to Manchester United last summer to win trophies but will end his first season back at Old Trafford empty-handed.

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PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 10: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal kisses the Henri Delaunay trophy to celebrate after their 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 Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

=6. Gerard Pique (35 trophies)

Still part of Barcelona’s first team aged 35, Pique will be hoping to add a few more trophies to his collection before leaving Camp Nou.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 30: Gerard Pique of FC Barcelona and Shakira pose with the trophy after FC Barcelona won the Copa del Rey Final match against Athletic Club at Camp Nou on May 30, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

=6. Kenny Dalglish (35 trophies)

One of Liverpool and Celtic’s greatest ever players, Dalglish won 35 trophies between 1969-1990.

Kenny Dalglish trophy
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)

A one-club man, Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs continues to occupy a place in the top five… for now.

Ryan Giggs trophy
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 13: Ryan Giggs (L) and Gary Neville of Manchester United lift the Premiership trophy as their team celebrate winning the Premiership title at the end of the Barclays Premiership match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on May 13, 2007 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

=3. Andres Iniesta (37 trophies)

Now in his fourth year with Japanese side Vissel Kobe after leaving Barcelona in 2018, it’ll be interesting to see if 37-year-old Iniesta returns to European football before hanging up his boots. 

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KIEV, UKRAINE – JULY 01: Andres Iniesta of Spain poses in the dressing room with the trophy following the UEFA EURO 2012 final match between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on July 1, 2012 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Photo by Handout/UEFA via Getty Images)

=3. Maxwell (37 trophies)

Maxwell may not be as revered as some of the other legends on this list, but the former Brazilian full-back has a staggering collection of winners’ medals thanks to his spells with Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona and PSG.

2. Lionel Messi (39 trophies)

It hasn’t been a vintage season for Messi but the GOAT contender will be pleased to win his first league title outside of Barcelona.

1. Dani Alves (43 trophies)

But sitting four trophies clear at the top of the list of Messi’s former Barcelona teammate Dani Alves, who may extend his stay at Camp Nou for one more season after returning to the Catalan club last summer.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JULY 07: Dani Alves of Brazil poses with the trophy of Best Player of the tournament 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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