Argentine league side Newell’s Old Boys are confident they will lure Lionel Messi back to the club before he retires.
The 29-year-old Messi was on the books of the club as a youngster before joining Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy in 2000. the rest is history as the Argentine forward went on to score over 500 goals in his career in Spain, winning 29 trophies in the process and also additionally winning the Ballon d’Or a record five times.
Messi left Newell’s as a 13-year-old and shifted to Spain when Barcelona treated him for a growth disorder which would have destroyed his career in the beginning years of his playing life. However, Newell’s vice president Cristian D’Amico is confident of luring Messi back to Argentina after the 2018 World Cup.
“I am convinced, like many of my peers, that we can make history as a club if we get the best player in the world in a Newell’s shirt.Imagine a game with Messi in the Coloso [Estadio Marcelo Bielsa], with the press around the world. The sponsors who would come… that would make a difference economically, apart from the sentimental value, and could make a big difference to clean up the debts.
-Cristian D’Amico, Newell’s vice president
Given his immense loyalty with Barcelona and his team-mates at the Camp Nou, Messi at this point won’t even consider the move seriously with a busy season ahead of him after failing win the Champion’s League with Barca last season.
The Argentina international is currently appealing a 21-month sentence for tax evasion, having been found guilty last month. However, his brilliance on the field remains unquestionable, with Messi already having scoring three goals in his first three matches for Barcelona this season drubbing in a brace and an assist in a 6-2 victory over Real Betis.