​Argentina and ​Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi has often been a subject of criticism when it comes to his lack of trophies at the international level, with the striker struggling to match his success at club level for his country.


The 31-year-old finally won his first international trophy with Argentina on Saturday after the La Albiceleste beat Nicaragua 5-1 to pick up the Copa San Juan on Saturday, with the striker himself netting a brace on the night.



While this news would be celebrated by many of the five-time Ballon d'Or winners fans, in reality the match was nothing more than a pre Copa America friendly played at the Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, which the cup was named after.


Messi's lack of success in the international arena is not due to him and more the fault of his fellow team-mates, as he starred for them for three years in a row between 2014-2016, taking the country to the finals of the World Cup and Copa America (twice).


Without him, Argentina would have not even qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and he is without doubt their talisman as seen by his record, with Messi the country's all-time record goalscorer, netting 67 goals in 130 appearances so far.