Lionel Messi returns to PSG eyeing trophy clear sweep

Lionel Messi arrived again at Paris Saint-Germain’s coaching floor on Wednesday to renew his day job, making a return to membership soccer 17 days after claiming 2022 World Cup glory for Argentina as he was given a guard of honour by workers and his teammates.

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Now that he is efficiently added soccer’s biggest prize to an honour roll that features the Copa America, the Champions League, a number of league and cup titles and even Olympic gold, it could seem to be there is no such thing as a frontier left to overcome for Messi as he readies himself to return to motion.

Messi — a seven-time winner of the Ballon d’Or on a person stage — has racked up 40 main honours in his profession for membership and nation to this point, however there’s nonetheless one outlier that continues to be unclaimed, at the very least for now.

As unbelievable as it could sound, there is just one main competitors that Messi has performed in and never received since he turned skilled nearly twenty years in the past: the Coupe de France.

The 35-year-old’s one look within the French cup — a penalty shootout loss in final season’s spherical of 16 to Good, who misplaced the ultimate to Nantes — means it’s the solely senior competitors he has contested with out finally occurring to win.

Nonetheless, PSG are simply half a dozen video games away from having the ability to proper that improper, as Christophe Galtier’s aspect start their 2022-23 Coupe de France marketing campaign on Friday towards La Berrichonne de Chateauroux within the spherical of 64.

Whether or not or not Messi makes his first post-World Cup membership look towards the third-tier aspect on the Stade Gaston Petit, he stands simply six video games from finishing an exceptional clear sweep. All that’s required is for PSG to advance to the ultimate — which they’ve completed eight occasions previously 12 years — and raise the trophy for a record-extending fifteenth time.

As issues stand, Messi has received 11 of the 12 senior competitions he is taken half in for membership and nation since his professional debut in 2004. That complete rises to 12 of 13 should you embody Argentina’s triumph on the 2008 Summer time Olympic Video games — although the lads’s soccer event is formally designated as an under-23 competitors, and so is not included right here.


Argentina

CONMEBOL Copa America (received in 2021)

Messi needed to wait till age 34 to assert the primary main worldwide honour of his profession — though he had beforehand earned gold on the 2008 Olympics and in addition received the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship, a U20 event. When Argentina defeated Brazil within the closing of the 2021 Copa America, it was the talismanic ahead’s thirty fourth look within the competitors in complete, unfold over six editions of the event that featured defeats in three earlier finals.

Finalissima (received in 2022)

Messi and Argentina carried the momentum of their Copa America triumph to beat reigning European champions Italy and raise the CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions trophy final summer season, including extra silverware to his lengthy and infrequently arduous worldwide profession.

FIFA World Cup (received in 2022)

Messi had performed 60 video games in World Cup qualifying and 25 video games at World Cup finals (a file for a males’s participant) earlier than he lastly hoisted the well-known trophy aloft after the dramatic 2022 closing between Argentina and France that the Albiceleste received on penalties simply final month.


LaLiga (10 titles received in 2004-05, 2005-06, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18 and 2018-19)

Messi performed 520 occasions in LaLiga for Barcelona, making extra appearances within the Spanish topflight than in some other competitors and scoring 474 objectives alongside the way in which. He has additionally received the LaLiga title extra occasions than some other, racking up 10 winner’s medals within the 17 seasons he spent at Camp Nou. He additionally made 32 appearances for Barca’s B and C groups early in his profession, however as these sides play in Spain’s decrease leagues, they aren’t counted as main competitions.

Copa del Rey (7 titles received in 2008-09, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2020-21)

Messi loved sustained success in Spain’s home cup competitors too, enjoying 80 video games and scoring 56 objectives — together with probably the greatest of his profession within the 2014-15 closing towards Athletic Membership. In all, he received the trophy seven occasions as a Barca participant, together with 4 in a row between 2014-15 and 2017-18.

Supercopa de Espana (8 titles in 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2018)

The Spanish tremendous cup normally pits the reigning LaLiga champions towards the winner of the Copa del Rey, with Messi amassing a formidable tally of eight titles from the 9 events he contested the competitors with Barca, scoring 14 objectives in 20 video games within the course of.

UEFA Champions League (4 titles in 2005-06, 2008-09, 2010-11 and 2014-15)

Throughout 19 seasons, Messi has performed 161 video games and scored 129 objectives within the Champions League for Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. Whereas his quest to win a primary European Cup for his present membership will resume subsequent month towards Bayern Munich within the spherical of 16, Messi received the Champions League 4 occasions at Barca, most notably within the tour de drive of a win over Manchester United in 2011.

UEFA Tremendous Cup (3 titles in 2009, 2011 and 2015)

In an exhibition sport that pits the winners of the Champions League and Europa League towards one another, Messi was a elementary a part of the aspect that delivered Barcelona’s first UEFA Tremendous Cup since 1997 once they beat Porto within the 2011 version. The Argentine then claimed the trophy once more in each 2011 and 2015, which stays Barca’s final look within the fixture.

FIFA Membership World Cup (3 titles in 2009, 2011 and 2015)

Messi has performed 5 video games, scored 5 objectives and lifted the trophy 3 times within the Membership World Cup — an annual knockout mini-tournament organised by FIFA that throws the reigning champions of every of the six continental confederations collectively together with the nationwide league champions of the host nation.


Paris Saint-Germain

Ligue 1 (received in 2021-22)

Having needed to wait all of 9 months, Messi received the Ligue 1 title on the primary try in his inaugural season at Paris Saint-Germain, enjoying 26 occasions and contributing six objectives and 15 assists as he step by step discovered his ft within the French topflight. This season, with 17 league video games gone, he has already racked up seven objectives and 10 assists.

Trophee des Champions (received in 2022)

Messi then went on to gather his second membership honour with PSG final July because the Ligue 1 champions trounced Coupe de France winners Nantes 4-0 in Tel-Aviv.

Coupe de France (0 titles)

The Coupe de France is the one which acquired away for Messi, at the very least in the intervening time. In equity, his solely look within the competitors got here again in January 2022, when a powerful PSG aspect have been knocked out by Good within the spherical of 16. The sport completed goalless in regulation time and was finally determined through penalties, with Les Aiglons profitable 6-5 within the shootout. Messi, for the file, scored his spot kick.

ESPN’s Stats & Info Group contributed to this report.