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.
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.
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.
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.
=8. Vitor Baia (34 trophies)
Another former Barcelona player, retried Portuguese goalkeeper Vitor Baia won most of his silverware with FC Porto.
=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.
=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.
=6. Kenny Dalglish (35 trophies)
A Liverpool and Celtic legend, Kenny Dalglish won his 35 trophies during a stunning career between 1969-1990.
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.
=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.
=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.
Maxwell has now won 37 trophies in his career:— Squawka (@Squawka) May 27, 2017
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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.
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.