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Portugal Have Won Both Trophies With Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Has Won None Of Argentina's 17

Portugal Have Won Both Trophies With Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi Has Won None Of Argentina's 17

Cristiano Ronaldo has been far more successful on the international stage with Portugal than Lionel Messi has with Argentina.

The Juventus superstar, 34, has reached both the finals of Euro 2016 and the Nations League with Portugal.

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And on both occasions Ronaldo has walked away with a trophy, adding to the mountain of silverware he has built across his illustrious playing career.

Portugal secured a 1-0 victory over France at the Stade de France to claim their first Euros title, while this summer saw Fernando Santos' men win the inaugural Nations League with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands at the Estadio do Dragao.

Argentina, on the other hand, have not enjoyed the same levels of trophy return with Messi in their side.

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The Barcelona ace, 32, has led his side to the final of the Copa America in 2007, 2015 and 2016, but all of those matches ended in defeat.

Messi came close to replicating Diego Maradona's success on the international stage by leading his side to the World Cup title in 2014.

But Mario Gotze scored in extra-time at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro to secure the trophy for Germany and hand the Argentina captain one of the saddest moments of his career.

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Credit: PA

La Albiceleste have won 17 major honours in their rich history, but Messi has been unable to add to that trophy haul with his own success on the international stage.

And the five-time Ballon d'Or winner suffered heartbreak again this summer as his side were dumped out of the Copa America semi-finals against Brazil, who would beat Peru 3-1 in the final to win the trophy on home soil.

Lionel Scaloni's men won their third-placed playoff match 2-1 against Chile, but Messi was sent off in the first half for a heated incident with Gary Medel.

Will Messi win any major silverware with Argentina before he retires?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Football News, Football, Nations League, Lionel Messi, Portugal, Argentina, Copa America, World Cup, Euros, Cristiano Ronaldo

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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