Real Madrid could add to crazy trophy haul over past 20 years but former rival Lionel Messi has still won more since debut

Real Madrid boast immense success with trophies and next month’s Champions League final presents another chance for more silverware.

After their stunning comeback against Bayern Munich, they will face Borussia Dortmund in the showcase at Wembley Stadium on June 1.

Victory would seal Madrid’s record 15th title in the competition and also their 31st trophy since the 2004/05 season, but it’s a tally former foe Lionel Messi still eclipses.

The Argentine legend made his competitive debut for Barcelona in October 2004, coming on as a substitue against Espanyol.

He won LaLiga with his beloved club during his debut campaign and did so on a further nine occasions during his spell at Camp Nou.

Messi also won seven Copa del Reys and seven Spanish Super Cups across the 17 seasons, with European and world success also adding to his collection.

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The eight-time Ballon d’Or winner lifted four Champions League titles, three Super Cups and three Club World Cups with the club.

After leaving Barcelona, he won two Ligue 1 titles and a Trophee des Champions at Paris Saint-Germain, before lifting the Leagues Cup with Inter Miami last year.

All in all, Messi has won 38 trophies at club level since he made his debut in 2004, an amazing record fit for a true legend of the game.

He can even add a World Cup, Copa America and CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions with Argentina to his, but his club triumphs still surpass those of his former rivals.

Whilst Messi may have more accolades to his name during such a time, Madrid can still relish in their own success over the last 20 years.

Out of the 30 trophies they have won during that time most have come in LaLiga with seven titles, which includes this season.

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Three Copa del Reys and six Spanish Super Cups add to five Champions Leagues, four Super Cups and five Club World Cups.

Madrid could extend this to 31 against Dortmund next month but this would still see them sit far off Messi, who continues to prove why he is one of the most successful players of all-time.

SOURCE: Football News, Transfers, Opinion – talkSPORT   (go to source)
AUTHOR: Robert Calcutt
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