Who Is The Most Decorated Player In Football History?

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This article will tell you about the most decorated football player of all time

On Saturday night, Lionel Messi won his first trophy with new club Inter Miami, which also happened to be the club’s first silverware since its inception in 2018.

Inter Miami won the League’s Cup final 10-9 on penalties over Nashville SC. Messi’s 23rd-minute opener was cancelled out in the second half by Fafa Picault, and the game ended 1-1.

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The Argentine legend, of course, converted his penalty in the shootout, which lasted until Nashville goalie Elliot Panicco’s shot was saved by Miami’s Drake Callender.

Messi made former Inter Miami captain DeAndre Yedlin the focal point of their League Cup celebrations. The trophy marked his 44th major honor in his career. As a result, he has surpassed Dani Alves (43) as the most decorated player in the game’s history.

Messi has four Champions Leagues, ten LaLiga titles, seven Copa Del Reys, eight Supercopa de Espanas, three Club World Cups, and three UEFA Super Cups to his name, all with Barcelona.

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These are in addition to his two Ligue 1 titles and one Trophee des Champions with PSG. He also won the World Cup, Copa America, Finalissima, Olympic gold medal, and Under-20 World Cup for Argentina.

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

Messi and his colleagues ran to celebrate with their American goalkeeper in a joyous display of friendship. Callender had made a number of key stops late in the game, preserving Miami’s opportunities and ultimately contributing to their victory.

“The grit, just the belief and what we’re capable of. It’s something special and I’m just blessed to be a part of it,” he said.

Miami was rock bottom of Major League Soccer when Messi joined them a month ago, but he has completely transformed the squad, leading them on an unbeaten run to the League Cup triumph.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has already scored 10 goals in seven games for his new club and has the potential to reach another final on Wednesday when his squad takes on Cincinnati in the US Open Cup semi-finals.

This was not the dominant, entertaining Miami that had lighted up the competition in the previous month, which featured MLS and Mexican Liga MX clubs, but the victory was sweet nonetheless.

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