Lionel Messi wins second consecutive Ligue 1 trophy, and equals the record of winning most number of trophies by an individual. His tally stands at 43 trophies now, and has equaled Brazilian superstar and his former Barcelona mate Dani Alves’ record of clinching same number of titles. Last night, he scored from a Mbappe assist to clinch the title for PSG.
Messi becomes the latest to win 43 titles
The Argentine and football legend and recently the world cup winner with the “Albiceleste”, Lionel Messi is having a dream run this season. But, the business end of the season got a bit tumultuous for him as he was banned from participating in any events of the club, owing to an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia. The events he was set to miss were the remaining fixtures and training days.
But, things took an unexpected turn as he took to social media to post an official apology for the trip and as a result, he was included into the squad in the final few games. But, he has already decided to depart the club at the end of the season.
Most decorated player
“The little boy from Rosario”‘ as the legendary commentator Peter Drury had described him in the World Cup final has been one of the top performers in the last two decades. Along with his nemesis Cristiano Ronaldo, they had been on top of the scoring charts and has been adding at least one trophy to their cabinets every season.
Although a fringe player for Barcelona where he had achieved every possible accolades for them, he was always criticized for not being able to perform while donning the International Jersey. Finally, in 2021, he shut the mouth of critics after clinching the Copa America, defeating arch rivals Brazil in their honorary Maracana.
His legendary status just got notched up in the heaven when Argentina won the World Cup final against defending champions France, scoring a brace which led to the Argentine victory after 36 years. He was also adjudged the Golden Ball Winner of the tournament.
One more feather in the crown
Last night, not only did he add one more trophy to his cabinet, he also became the highest scorer in Europe’s top 5 leagues, surpassing his generational rival Ronaldo, who is lighting up the Saudi streets with his magic. His tally stands at 496 goals, as he pipped Ronaldo who stood at 495 goals. Messi set this milestone in 50 lesser games than Ronaldo did, and many more are yet to come as he might look for a switch of play in the next season, with FC Barcelona being the strongest contender to bring him back.