Lionel Messi has now claimed the title of the most decorated footballer in history, having secured his 44th trophy for both his club and country.
Messi and his team emerged victorious in the inaugural Leagues Cup, triumphing in an 11-round penalty shootout following a 1-1 tie against Nashville SC during regular play.
The Argentine star was also honored with the Golden Boot and Player of the Tournament accolades, thanks to his impressive performance of scoring 10 goals in seven matches for the Herons.
Messi’s journey began with his first triumph at the age of 17 in the 2004-05 La Liga season when Barcelona clinched the title. From that point on, Messi’s career has been defined by a continuous stream of titles and awards.
Surpassing his former Barcelona teammate Dani Alves, who had accumulated 43 trophies, Messi’s trophy count continued to rise.
Following his departure from Barcelona, where he amassed 35 trophies, Messi joined Paris and added three more to his collection. He also contributed to Argentina’s national team success, including the monumental 2022 World Cup victory.