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Foden targets top spot on all-time medal list & standing as ‘best player in the world’ with Man City

6:14 PM IST 13/02/21
Phil Foden Man City 2020-21
The highly-rated midfielder has already tasted considerable success at 20 years of age, but he wants to be the ‘most decorated’ ever to play the game

Phil Foden is setting ambitious targets at Manchester City, with the 20-year-old midfielder looking to become “the best player in the world” and “most decorated player” of all time.

The talented youngster has already enjoyed considerable success across his short career to date, with impressive progress made since stepping out of a famed academy system at the Etihad Stadium.

He is, however, still a long way short of emulating the efforts of former Barcelona and Juventus defender Dani Alves, with the Brazilian defender landing 42 honours, but records are there to be shot at.

What has been said?

“I want to be the one to win the most medals in my career,” Foden has told CityTV.

“That’s my aim. I always want to be the best player in the world, that’s for everyone, but I want to try and win as many trophies as possible and be the most decorated player.

“I am going to give it my best shot and I know I am going to try my hardest.”

How many trophies has Foden won?

Only senior honours are taken into account when it comes medal lists, so Foden’s exploits for England when landing the Under-17 World Cup are not added to his tally.

He has, however, helped himself to an enviable collection of silverware through three years as a first-team star with City.

Two Premier League title triumphs have been taken in with the Blues, along with an FA Cup win and three League Cup successes.

He has also landed the Community Shield on two occasions.

Who is the most decorated player in football?

Alves tops that chart having seen success follow him wherever he has been, from Bahia in his native Brazil to Paris Saint-Germain via Sevilla, Barcelona and Juventus – with five international honours thrown in for good measure alongside league titles in Spain, Italy and France and three Champions Leagues.

Barca icon Andres Iniesta has 37 honours to his name, along with ex-Blaugrana and PSG defender Maxwell, with Lionel Messi still chasing down that mark after suffering defeat in the Spanish Super Cup this season.

Manchester United and Liverpool legends Ryan Giggs (36) and Kenny Dalglish (35) enjoyed remarkable careers, while Gerard Pique (34) and Xavi (33) formed part of all-time great sides at Camp Nou.

Cristiano Ronaldo completes the top 10 after drawing level with Xavi on the back of Juventus’ Supercoppa Italiana triumph in 2020-21.

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