With the consecration in Ligue 1, Lionel Messi reached 42 titles in his career and remains the winningest Argentine in history, with 10 trophies difference over Angel Di María, who has 32. It is the third Olympic round in Paris Saint Germain, while another 34 were achieved in Barcelona and 5 with Argentina, the last one nothing less than in the Qatar World Cup.
In addition, the Argentine striker was only one title away from matching the Brazilian Dani Alves, the player with the most titles in history, who at 40 years old has 43 in his career and although he has not yet made his retirement from professional practice official, since January he spends his days in a Barcelona prison.
Although it is not known for sure what Messi's future will be at club level, the Rosario is on the lookout for Alves and continues to take advantage of the rest of the players in the table that brings together the most winners in history, leaving behind Andrés Iniesta, Maxwell and Gerard Piqué, all with 37,
A mistake that confuses everyone
Some compilations, without the corresponding rigor and even in contradiction of parameters, consider that Messi reached the 42 titles and equaled Alves, since they add the Spanish Super Cup of 2005, who did not participate in either of the two calls, one for being sick and the other by decision of the Dutch coach Frank Rijkaard.
"Unfortunately only 18 players can get in, but it's not a thing to worry about. There are many parties and there will be room for everyone." With this phrase, Rijkaard, coach of Barcelona in 2005, justified the decision to leave out of the final match of return against Betis for the Spanish Super Cup to Lionel Messi, Maxi López and Damiá.
On August 20, Barcelona were champions (they won the first leg 3-0 in Seville and lost 2-1 at the Camp Nou) and the Argentines watched the celebrations from the stands. They didn't even dare to go down to the playing field. They received no medal. They do not appear in the photos of celebrations. They were not champions. However, from Barcelona and most of the football world adds to Messi that conquest and give him 35 instead of 34 titles
By then, Messi had already won two titles, the 2004/05 La Liga with Barcelona and the U20 World Youth Championship in Holland with the national team. Afterwards, he continued to make Olympic laps and break all records.
In 2015, after winning the Champions League with Barcelona in Berlin, he became the most winning Argentine in history when he surpassed Alfredo Di Stéfano, who won 24 titles between River, Millonarios, Real Madrid and the Argentine National Team.