Lionel Messi has only one trophy left to complete a perfect career after winning all possible football trophies in his football career.
The story of 21st century football is a story of the little boy from Rosario in Argentina, who rose to exert an unrivaled dominance over the game. Complete in his style and delivery on the pitch, Lionel Messi has redefined ”the possible” in football.
Gone are the days when the debate on who is the real GOAT in modern day football was wide open to both sides of the divide.
After the 2022 World Cup coupled with the recent profound twist in the career of Cristiano Ronaldo, it is not out of place to say the goat debate has finally been settled.
Still disputing? The trophy hall speaks for itself and when it is brought forward and juxtaposed, Lionel Messi is miles ahead.
This is not to downplay the impact of another football icon Cristiano Ronaldo in the game. But nowadays, the Portuguese is tapping from old glory and his influence is largely ceremonial.
But the Ronaldo camp still got bragging rights. Cristiano Ronaldo is still the highest goal-scorer in Europe’s elite club competition – the UEFA Champions League. However, it is just a matter of time, Lionel Messi can still eclipse him soon because the Portuguese is just 11 goals better than the Argentine.
Meanwhile, after the 2022 World Cup final win over France, do you know Lionel Messi is just one trophy less from becoming the most decorated football star in history?
Lionel Messi has played for only two clubs throughout his 18 years professional football career – Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.
At Barcelona, Messi won everything possible – the La Liga, Copa Del Rey SuperCopa De Espana. He also won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup FIFA Club World Cup.
After joining PSG in 2021, Lionel Messi has won the French Ligue 1, Trophes Des Champions.
With Argentina national team, Lionel Messi has won everything possible. He has the Copa America, Finalissima, and the FIFA World Cup.
The record Ballon d’Or winner has only Coup de France remaining to complete his all-round trophy-winning career. The trophy eluded PSG last season. If they smash it in the ongoing campaign, Lionel Messi will cap his heroic career as one of the most decorated football stars, winning all possible trophies for both clubs and country.
At the club level, Cristiano Ronaldo can effectively rub shoulders with Lionel Messi and contest for the bragging right. He has also won everything possible in all three clubs he had played for – Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus.
But with the national team, Messi holds the bragging right after he singled-handedly led Argentina through to their third World Cup trophy.
The 35-year-old is at the very summit of his football career while the reverse is the case for Cristiano Ronaldo, who struggled at Manchester United, before calling time on his career in European football to join Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia.