Lionel Messi has won the World Cup Golden Ball, becoming the first man to do so twice, after inspiring Argentina to a penalty shoot-out victory over France following a scintillating Qatar 2022 final.
It means Messi emulates countryman Diego Maradona once more, too, with Maradona the player of the tournament in Argentina’s previous triumph 36 years ago.
The Argentine may not have enjoyed a vintage campaign in 2021/22, with just six goals scored in Ligue 1, but he added yet more silverware to his ever-expanding trophy cabinet by claiming the Ligue 1 title. He also grabbed 15 league assists in what would’ve been considered an impressive first season for anyone else.
Lionel Messi trophies with Argentina
Messi’s trophy cabinet at the international level has quickly filled over the past two years with the 2022 World Cup his crowning glory.
The Argentine broke his trophy drought at senior level in 2021 as he won the Copa America final at his fourth attempt.
Prior to that, Messi had won titles with Argentina’s U20 and Olympic team over a decade earlier.
|FIFA World Cup||1||2022|
(South American title)
|Olympic gold medal||1||2008|
|FIFA Under-20 World Cup||1||2005|
Lionel Messi trophies with Barcelona
Messi’s habit for picking up titles began from the outset of his club career with Barcelona.
By the time he left Camp Nou in 2021, he had won a stunning 34 team trophies with the Catalans.
|10||2004/05, 2005/06, 2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11,
2012/13, 2014/15, 2015/16, 2017/18, 2018/19
|Copa del Rey
|7||2008/09, 2011/12, 2014/15,
2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2020/21
|Supercopa de Espana
(Spanish Super Cup)
|7||2006, 2009, 2010,
2011, 2013, 2016, 2018
|UEFA Champions League||4||2005/06, 2008/09, 2010/11, 2014/15|
|UEFA Super Cup||3||2009, 2011, 2015|
|FIFA Club World Cup||3||2009, 2011, 2015|
Lionel Messi trophies with PSG
The Argentine is only into his second season with PSG but has already picked up two pieces of silverware in France.
The Parisian giants are yet to win a Champions League title and will be hoping Messi can lead them to that trophy in 2022/23.
|Trophee des Champions
(French Super Cup)
Lionel Messi individual awards
All of those team trophies wouldn’t have flowed so freely if it wasn’t more Messi himself.
His magic in the final third has captivated the world for the past 15 years and as a result he’s picked up numerous individual honours.
His seven Ballon d’Or wins is a record that will take some beating with archrival Cristiano Ronaldo stuck on five.
(World Player of the Year)
|7||2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015,
|FIFA World Cup Golden Ball
(Best player of tournament)
|Argentina Player of the Year||14||2005, 2007-2013,
|La Liga Player of the Year||6||2008/09, 2009/10, 2010/11,
2011/12, 2012/13, 2014/15
|La Liga top scorer
|8||2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13, 2016/17,
2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21
|European Golden Boot
(Top scorer in Europe)
|6||2009/10, 2011/12, 2012/13,
2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19
|FIFA World Player of the Year
(Awarded from 1991-2015)
|FIFA The Best Award
(Player of the Year est. 2015)
|FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball||2||2009, 2011|
What hasn’t Messi won?
The World Cup was long seen as the missing piece in Messi’s title collection.
Argentina’s 2022 triumph over France means he has won the two key pieces of international silverware available to a South American player – a World Cup and Copa America.
At club level, he has won the league with his two sides to date and picked up four UEFA Champions League titles.
With Barcelona, Messi won all possible team trophies available in Spain. He is yet to match this feat in France with PSG, however, with a Coupe de France title still required after they fell short in 2021/22.
Should he win that cup this season and guide PSG to European glory, his trophy cabinet would be unquestionably complete.