However, the Barcelona star showed everyone that he would never lie down all along by lifting the Copa America title recently.
Messi broke down in tears the moment he won the trophy as it was the most awaited one of his illustrious career and the one he had been craving for.
According to many, Messi has settled the debate that he is superior to his rival and Juventus superstar Ronaldo.
A fan of Messi has posted a tweet comparing the records of both players at the international stage, and it can be inferred that the Argentine captain is way ahead.
Perhaps, Messi was in the finals of a major tournament four times in his career compared to Ronaldo’s two.
Furthermore, the 34-year-old has an Olympic Gold Medal and won a World Cup with Argentina U-20 team, and these are absent in Ronaldo’s trophy cabinet.
Speaking about the individual records, the Portugal captain stands nowhere near Messi, who had won the Golden Ball of 2014 World Cup (also the top assist provider of the tournament), Copa America 2021’s best player and top scorer award, adding to it he was the leading assists provider of 2015, 2016 and 2018 Copa America editions.
Elsewhere, Ronaldo’s only individualistic achievement was the golden boot he won at Euro 2020 recently.
There is an age-old battle between the fans of Ronaldo and Messi regarding who is the best player of all time.
Messi’s underrated international records proved the myth wrong, and now he is also a solid contender to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or award for the seventh time – his current record of 6 is the most by any player in history.