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Lionel Messi surpasses Dani Alves to become the most decorated player in football history

Lionel Messi surpassed Dani Alves on Sunday to become the most decorated player in football history. 

The The World Cup winner wrote his own chapter in history by helping the MLS side win their first-ever trophy.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner won the 44th title of his glittering career, which spanned from 2004 to 2023.

The Leagues Cup is his first trophy on American soil and comes just over a month after his arrival at the club.

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It adds to a trophy cabinet that already contains ten La Liga titles, four Champions League victories, seven Copa Del Reys, eight Spanish Super Cups, three FIFA Club World Cups, three UEFA Super Cups, the FIFA World Cup, the Finalissima, the Copa America, an Olympic Gold, a U20 World Cup, two Ligue 1 titles, and one Trophée de Champions.

The new trophy breaks his tie with former Barcelona teammate Dani Alves, who had won 43 trophies in his career.

Inter Miami beat Nashville SC 10-9 on penalties after Messi scored early in regulation and converted the first shot in penalty kicks.

Messi scored in the 23rd minute for the 10th time in seven games since joining Inter Miami.

After a pass from teammate Robert Taylor was blocked, the ball fell to Messi’s feet.

Messi dribbled past Nashville defender Walker Zimmerman and fired a bending shot into the top left corner of the goal from just outside the penalty box. Elliot Panicco, the diving goalkeeper, had no chance of playing the ball.

Fans in Nashville had booed Messi on previous touches of the ball, but the stadium erupted in applause when the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who led Argentina to the World Cup title last year, scored.

Messi hit the post from a similar position in the 71st minute as the teams played to a 1-1 tie in regulation.

Messi calmly converted the first penalty shot as Miami won its first trophy – and his 44th.

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