- Lionel Messi has a chance of going past Andres Iniesta’s tally of 32 titles with Barcelona
- Sunday’s Super Cup against Sevilla will also be Messi’s first game as Barcelona’s official captain
FC Barcelona’s calendar for the 2018/19 season couldn’t have been designed better. As the Blaugrana prepare to take on Sevilla in the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday, Lionel Messi stands on the cusp of adding yet another unique record to his tally. In what will be his first game as the club’s official captain, Messi stands a chance of winning his 33rd trophy with Barcelona and go past Andres Iniesta‘s tally of 32 titles.
Both Messi and Iniesta currently hold the distinction of being the most decorated players in the history of Barcelona, with their series of titles starting with the La Liga title in 2004/05 season. The duo have enjoyed spectacular success while playing together at Camp Nou and have a staggering collection of 9 league titles, 6 Kings Cups, 4 Champions League wins, 3 Club World Cups, 3 European Super Cups and 7 Spanish Supercopas.
Now, Messi is just a game away from becoming the player to win most titles in the history of Barcelona if they beat Sevilla to lift the Super Cup on Sunday. If it happens, it will also be Argentine superstar’s first ever trophy as Barcelona’s designated captain.
After Messi and Iniesta, come Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets who have both won 27 titles during their time at the club. Former midfield maestro Xavi left Camp Nou after accumulating 25 different titles. Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes – two other modern day Barca greats – closed their careers with 21 titles while playing for the club.
Dani Alves – The King of Club Titles
Coming to discussing some other players who have won most number of trophies during their footballing careers, it is Dani Alves who tops the list. The Brazilian, formerly of Barcelona and one of Messi’s closest friends, has won as many as 36 titles in his club career and holds the record for being the most decorated footballer in the history of club football.
Alves has been a serial winner ever since he arrived in Spain with Sevilla in 2003 and has added 36 trophies during his time at Bahia, Sevilla, Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain. The French Supercup which PSG won by beating Monaco last week made Alves the most successful player in history at the club level. The veteran right-back has also lifted two Confederations Cups in 2009 and 2013 and a Copa America in 20017 with the Brazilian national team.
After Alves, come Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish and Manchester United‘s prodigal son Ryan Giggs, both of whom won 35 club titles. It has to be said that at 31 years of age, Messi is on course to take away Alves’ title of being the king of titles.
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