Messi, Ronaldo, Zlatan, Pique: Who has most trophies in football history?

  • Rob Swan
Lionel Messi becomes only the second footballer in history to win 40 career trophies

Lionel Messi became only the second footballer in history to win a 40th career trophy on Wednesday night.

The legendary forward, regarded by many as the greatest player of all time, inspired Argentina to a 3-0 victory over Italy to claim Finalissima success at Wembley.

Finalissima – Italian for ‘grand final’ – is an official trophy awarded to the victors of a one-off match between the winners of UEFA’s European Championship and CONMEBOL’s Copa America.

And it was Argentina who triumphed in London on Wednesday evening, recording a convincing 3-0 win thanks to goals from Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria and Paulo Dybala.

But 34-year-old Messi was the star of the show, producing two assists and running the game.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 01: Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates after their sides victory during the 2022 Finalissima match between Italy and Argentina at Wembley Stadium on June 01, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

If anything, the 3-0 scoreline flattered Italy. Argentina could – and perhaps should – have won the game by an even bigger scoreline.

Messi, who has endured a difficult debut season with Paris Saint-Germain but looked back to his extraordinary best against the Italians, added a second international trophy to his collection in the process.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 01: Lionel Messi of Argentina lifts the Finalissima trophy after their sides victory during the 2022 Finalissima match between Italy and Argentina at Wembley Stadium on June 01, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

The South American subsequently equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s record. The Manchester United star has won two international trophies with Portugal: Euro 2016 and the 2018-18 UEFA Nations League.

But where do Messi and Ronaldo sit on the list of players with the most trophies in football history?

Let’s take a closer look…

11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (32 trophies)

Zlatan, who turns 41 in October, recently added a 32nd (and perhaps final) trophy to his collection after winning Serie A with AC Milan. What a career.

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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)

One of the greatest midfielders of all time, Xavi won the vast majority of his trophies with Barcelona but also enjoyed success at the end of his playing career with Qatar-based Al Sadd.

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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)

Another former Barcelona player, retried Portuguese goalkeeper Vitor Baia won most of his silverware with FC Porto.

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PORTO’S GOALKEEPER VITOR BAIA HOLDS THE CUP AFTER HIS TEAM’S 3-0 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL VICTORY OVER MONACO IN GELSENKIRCHEN. Porto’s goalkeeper Vitor Baia (L) holds the Champions League trophy with team mates Bosingwa (2R) and Ricardo Costa after their team’s 3-0 victory over Monaco in the final at the Arena AufSchalke stadium in Gelsenkirchen May 26, 2004. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

=8. Cristiano Ronaldo (34 trophies)

Cristiano Ronaldo will be disappointed that he failed to add to his trophy collection during his first season back at Manchester United. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is, however, expected to stay on at Old Trafford under Erik ten Hag.

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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)

Another player who ended the 2021-22 season empty-handed, 35-year-old Gerard Pique will be intent on adding a few more trophies to his remarkable collection before calling time on his glittering playing career.

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BERLIN, GERMANY – JUNE 06: Gerard Pique of Barcelona lifts the trophy as he celebrates victory with team mates after the UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus and FC Barcelona at Olympiastadion on June 6, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

=6. Kenny Dalglish (35 trophies)

A Liverpool and Celtic legend, Kenny Dalglish won his 35 trophies during a stunning career between 1969-1990.

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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)

Winner of a mind-blowing 13 Premier League titles, Ryan Giggs spent his entire career playing for Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson.

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MOSCOW – MAY 21: Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs of Manchester United lift the trophy following their team’s 6-5 victory in the penalty shootout during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Luzhniki Stadium on May 21, 2008 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

=3. Andres Iniesta (37 trophies)

A supremely gifted midfielder, and the man who scored the most famous goal in the history of Spanish football, Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta has won two trophies since joining Japanese side Vissel Kobe in 2018.

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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)

It may come as a surprise to many to see Maxwell so high up this list, but the Brazilian full-back won a remarkable 37 trophies thanks to his spells with Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona and PSG.

2. Lionel Messi (40 trophies)

Messi now sits three trophies clear of Maxwell and still has enough time on his side to eventually finish in top spot.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 01: Lionel Messi of Argentina lifts the Finalissima trophy after the victory during the 2022 Finalissima match between Italy and Argentina at Wembley Stadium on June 01, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

1. Dani Alves (43 trophies)

That said, Dani Alves still look like he has another couple of years left in him, despite the fact he turned 39 in May.

The happy-go-lucky Barcelona star will probably be delighted if his former teammate is the player who surpasses his record to become the most declared footballer in history. 

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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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