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Lionel Messi becomes most decorated footballer moments after beating Cristiano Ronaldo record as Paris Saint-Germain win title

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May 28, 2023
Lionel Messi becomes most decorated footballer moments after beating Cristiano Ronaldo record as Paris Saint-Germain win title

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It was quite the night for Lionel Messi as Paris Saint-Germain confirmed another Ligue 1 title.

Messi netted in the 1-1 draw with Strasbourg to make them four points clear with one game left it go.

Messi scored his 496th goal in Europe's top five leagues

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Messi scored his 496th goal in Europe’s top five leaguesCredit: Getty
Ronaldo is unable to add to his current tally as he plays for Al Nassr

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Ronaldo is unable to add to his current tally as he plays for Al NassrCredit: AFP

That goal was Messi’s 496th goal in Europe’s top five divisions, overtaking the record previously held by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi achieved the feat in 577 matches, while it took Ronaldo 626 to score his 495.

It was the 35-year-old’s 16th Ligue 1 goal of the season and was a vital one for PSG, ensuring his time in France is likely to end on something of a high note.

It has been a difficult season for the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner in the French captial.

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He has been the target of fans’ frustration, often being booed and whistled during games.

The Argentina World Cup winner was also suspended by the club for taking an unauthorised trip to Saudi Arabia.

He is out of contract in the summer and it is seemingly unlikely he will stay.

A return to Barcelona or joining Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia are among the options.

Messi finally won the World Cup last year in Qatar

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Messi finally won the World Cup last year in QatarCredit: Getty
Messi won a plethora of trophies at Barcelona

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Messi won a plethora of trophies at BarcelonaCredit: AFP

The trophy was also the 43rd of Messi’s career, meaning he joins former Barcelona teammate Dani Alves as the most decorated player in history.

His haul now includes 12 league titles, seven association cups, the Copa America, and the World Cup, while he has lifted the Champions League four times.

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