After several near misses, Barcelona legend Lionel Messi has finally got his hands on an international trophy with Argentina. 

Messi helped his country beat Brazil in the 2021 Copa America final and was also named player of the tournament along with Neymar.

Using data from transfermarkt, we’ve compared his record at major international tournaments with Diego Maradona’s to see who comes out on top.

Lionel Messi

World Cup

Games: 19


Starts: 17


Sub appearances: 2

Goals: 6


Assists: 7


Penalties scored: 0

Minutes per goal: 270.8


Minutes per non-penalty goal: 270.8


Minutes per goal or assist: 125

🇦🇷🙏 “Just give it to him and pray.”#OnThisDay in 2014: Lionel Messi stepped up in injury time with this banger to beat Iran…#ARGURU | #CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/FtIFf6ohST

— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) June 21, 2021

Copa America

Games: 34


Starts: 31


Sub appearances: 3

Goals: 13


Assists: 17


Penalties scored: 3

Minutes per goal: 223.6


Minutes per non-penalty goal: 290.7


Minutes per goal or assist: 96.9

Total

Games: 53


Starts: 48


Sub appearances: 5

Goals: 19


Assists: 24


Penalties scored: 3

Minutes per goal: 238.5


Minutes per non-penalty goal: 283.2


Minutes per goal or assist: 105.3

Trophies won 1 (2021 Copa America)

🇦🇷 Lionel Messi at the #CopaAmérica:

⭐️ 8.39 avg. player rating

⏱ 630 minutes played

⚽️ 4 goals

🤝 5 assists

🏅 4 MOTM

🪄 26 chances created

🤤 34 dribbles succeeded

👟 239 accurate passes (81%)

🏆 Finally winning a trophy with Argentina: priceless. pic.twitter.com/NV53KOCkhE

— FotMob (@FotMob) July 11, 2021

Diego Maradona

World Cup

Games: 21


Starts: 21


Sub appearances: 0

Goals: 8


Assists: 8


Penalties scored: 0

Minutes per goal: 238.5


Minutes per non-penalty goal: 238.5


Minutes per goal or assist: 119.2

On This Day in 1986 🗓️

Diego Maradona scored arguably the greatest World Cup goal of all-time.pic.twitter.com/nCX4naHG9p

— Classic Football Shirts (@classicshirts) June 22, 2021

Copa America

Games: 12


Starts: 12


Sub appearances: 0

Goals: 4


Assists: 0


Penalties scored: 1

Minutes per goal: 270


Minutes per non-penalty goal: 360


Minutes per goal or assist: 270

Total

Games: 33


Starts: 33


Sub appearances: 0

Goals: 12


Assists: 8


Penalties scored: 1

Minutes per goal: 249


Minutes per non-penalty goal: 271.6


Minutes per goal or assist: 149.4

Trophies won: 1 (1986 World Cup)

#OnThisDay in 1986 .. Diego Maradona led #Argentina to win the FIFA #WorldCup final over West #Germany 3-2. 🇦🇷🏆 pic.twitter.com/pUTvtMlTqI

— Classic Football (@classic1863) June 29, 2019


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