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Lionel Messi Equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s Record With Victory Over Italy

Lionel Messi equalled Cristiano Ronaldo’s international trophies record with his Finalissima triumph with Argentina.

Messi was the star of the show as he dominated proceedings against Italy to deservedly win the man of the match award.

The win saw Messi win his second trophy with his national side in one year.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner was also the toast of the show when he led his side to win the Copa America last year.

This means he has now drawn level with his nemesis, Cristiano Ronaldo, on two international trophies a piece.

Ronaldo won his first with Portugal in 2016 when they shocked huge favourites France to win the Euros.

He then won the inaugural final of the UEFA Nations League in 2019. The two great players will now get ready to take another stab at the World Cup in Qatar.

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Both have previously failed to lead their nations to World Cup victory, with Messi coming close in 2014.

Argentina beat Italy 3-0 at the Wembley Stadium in England to win the inaugural trophy competed between the winners of the Copa America in South America and the UEFA Euro championships.

A close-range finish from Lautaro Martinez, a delicious chip from Angel DI Maria and a late far-post curler from Paulo Dybala saw Argentina sweep aside an Italy side that looked out of sorts.

Messi bagged two assists in the rout.

Argentina reached the finals that were hosted in Brazil but a Mario Götze strike in extra-time saw Germany beat the Albiceleste.

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Messi will face Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland while Ronaldo will take on Uruguay, Ghana and South Korea in group stage action.

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