11 stars to never win international cup

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With Lionel Messi having never won an international trophy, Sunday’s 2021 Copa America final could be a great chance for him to win silverware with his country. Here are 10 stars who have never claimed an international title.

Messi’s international struggles have been well-documented, with the 34-year-old having played and lost the 2007, 2015, and 2016 finals of the Copa America, as well as the 2014 FIFA World Cup final in Brazil.

Scroll through the gallery above to see 11 stars who have never won an international trophy, including Lionel Messi

The 34-year-old Argentine forward once retired after the back-to-back Copa America final defeats against Chile. However, he later backtracked on his decision and now has another opportunity to finally get his hands on an international trophy.

Messi headlines an array of well-known footballers who have never won silverware with their national teams, despite coming close or reaching the penultimate stages of an international tournament.

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This list includes players who have achieved a significant amount of success at domestic level, whether it is through winning major club trophies or individual accolades. Some of these stars have won player-of-the-year awards for their countries, namely, Michael Ballack, Arjen Robben, and Didier Drogba.

This compilation is also inclusive of players who have won what is arguably the most prestigious individual accolade, the Ballon d’Or, including the likes of Luka Modric and Luis Figo.

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