With this season’s LaLiga Santander title, Lionel Messi now has 10 league titles, six Copa del Rey victories, eight triumphs in the Supercopa de Espana, four Champions League trophies, three UEFA Super Cups and three Club World Cup winners’ medals.
All of those combine for 34 titles in 15 seasons, more than a third of what Barcelona have won – 91 trophies – in 121 years of history.
In this period of 15 years of Messi, their eternal rivals Real Madrid have won 20 trophies, 14 fewer than Barcelona with the Argentine as their leader.
Real Madrid have only won more trophies over this era than Barcelona in one competition, the Club World Cup, a tournament where Real Madrid have won four titles in 15 years compared to three for Barcelona.
They have won the same number of Champions League titles and the same number of UEFA Super Cups, but Real Madrid are down six league titles and four Copa del Rey trophies.
Watch out, because Barcelona are still in with a shout of winning the Champions League this year and would overtake Real Madrid in the Messi era in the competition, the competition which is a fetish for Madridistas.
There will still be those who say that this era will not come to be known as the era of Messi’s Barcelona.
For his transcendence in play, for the play shown during his reign on the turf, for the infinite number of magical goals which will never be forgotten by fans and for what he has won in terms of titles. Because Messi has also won four Champions League trophies.
What’s more, he collects league titles up to the point that it calls into a question a dominance which had lasted for decades and seemed impossible to question.