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History beckons Messi yet again

Published : 27 May 2023 07:48 PM | Updated : 27 May 2023 07:48 PM

On Saturday, World Cup winner Lionel Messi could become the most decorated footballer alongside former Barcelona teammate Dani Alves.

With two games left, Messi's Paris Saint-Germain sit on top of the Ligue 1 table with 84 points from 36 games and have a six-point cushion over the second-placed RC Lens, who are virtually out of the title race courtesy of PSG's superior goal difference.

Messi has won 41 major trophies for his clubs and country, and can match Alves' tally of 42 if PSG beat Strasbourg tonight and win a record 11th Ligue 1 title, surpassing Saint-Etienne, who won 10 Ligue 1 titles.

Former Barcelona stars Andres Iniesta and Maxwell have won 39 amd 37 trophies respectively, leaving them in third and fourth position.

Among the trophies in Messi's cabinet includes the World Cup and Copa America which he won in the past year, four Champions League titles, 10 La Liga trophies, one Copa America and many more.

On the domestic front, in Neymar's absence due to injury, Messi and Kylian Mbappe have carried PSG's attack during the latter part of the season.

The 35-year-old in particular has scored 20 goals and provided 20 assists in 39 matches across competitions this season.

Messi won the Ligue 1 during his first season in France. He looks set to do so again in what could be his last season in the country.