Messi’s last great challenge to round out a legendary career

Leo Messi continues to record records… and even more so if on Sunday Argentina wins its 16th title in the history of the Copa América (it would surpass Uruguay, with 15). Leo, in addition, is already the second player in history with the most goals in his National Team. He has 109, yesterday he surpassed the Iranian Ali Daei (108) and can see Cristiano Ronaldo from afar (130 with Portugal).

The Argentine captain He reached the 44th final of his career yesterday in a statistic in which he has scored 37 goals and He has played 51 total games, since the Spanish Super Cup (with Barça) is a two-legged match, but it is counted only as a final… even though they are actually two final games.

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In the 43 previous finals, the Argentine star has won 30 and lost 13, in a scenario that, above all, has Barcelona as its protagonist, a club where they won 23 of the 31 played. With the Argentine National Team, Leo’s history is uneven. He will play in his tenth final, and Messi won five of those played (Olympic Games, Under 20 World Cup, Copa América 2021, Finalissima and Qatar World Cup) and lost in four (2014 World Cup and Copa América 2007, 2015 and 2016).

Furthermore, with the achievement of the Copa América on Sunday, The Argentine would already be, alone, the player with the most titles in the history of football, beating Dani Alves. The Argentine captain would have 45 caps, counting clubs and the National Team, one more than the Brazilian (44), already retired.

Leo Messi stops to respond to the MARCA microphonesJUAN CASTRO

In fact, some sources already gave Messi (44) one more title than Alves (43), since they do not consider the Northeast Championship that Dani won in 2002 official. This Tournament, which MARCA does consider official, is one of the championships most important regional tournaments in the country, and previously gave access to the international Cups. Now it gives access to the Copa do Brasil. Therefore, 44 titles each… until Sunday?


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