Footballers with most trophies: Lionel Messi chasing Dani Alves’ record
Barcelona’s Dani Alves, over the course of his career, won a whopping 43 titles, the most trophies by a player in football.
The Brazilian defender won his first professional titles with home town club Bahia. After winning five trophies in six years with Sevilla, Dani Alves made a £23 million move to Barcelona and would go on to win 23 titles - including six La Liga crowns and three UEFA Champions League titles.
After trophy-laden spells at Juventus (2016-17 - two titles), Paris Saint-Germain (2017-19 - six titles) and Sao Paulo (2019-21 - one trophy), Alves returned to Barcelona for a second time.
On the international front, the 38-year-old has won the Copa America and Confederation Cup twice and the men’s football gold medal at Tokyo 2020. The FIFA World Cup is the only trophy that is missing from his collection.
Alves’ former teammate Lionel Messi is the leading candidate to break the Brazilian’s record. The Argentina superstar has 39 career titles to his name, with the recent addition being the Ligue 1 2021-22 crown.
Messi won 35 of his career titles during his career at Barcelona (2004-2021) while he won three trophies on national duty, including the Copa America 2021. The Argentine also won the Olympic gold medal at Beijing 2008.
With the Ligue 1 title, Messi equalled Egyptian midfielder Hossam Ashour’s mark of 39 trophies.
In a 17-year association with Al Hyly (2003-2020), Ashour won 39 trophies (6 CAF Champions League, 1 CAF Confederation Cup, 5 CAF Super Cups, 13 Egyptian Premier League, 4 Egypt Cups, 10 Egyptian Super Cups). He is the player who has won the most trophies while playing for a single club.
Maxwell and Andres Iniesta are joint fourth for most trophies won by a player in football. The pair, who were once team-mates at Barcelona, have 37 trophies each.
Of the two, Iniesta earned a name for himself as one of the most gifted midfielders of all time and is revered for scoring the winning goal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The Spanish midfielder, who won 32 trophies with boyhood club Barcelona, has two titles (Emperor's Cup and Japanese Super Cup) with current team Vissel Kobe.
Former Manchester United great Ryan Giggs completes the top-five. The Welsh legend, one of the few one-club players in history, made 672 appearances for the Red Devils and won an incredible 36 trophies which included 13 Premier League titles.
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Author: William Paul
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