Believe it or not, Barça legend and arguably the greatest footballer ever may be on his way out of Barcelona in a couple of seasons. The moment that every Barça fan had been dreading was confirmed by the star player himself.
Messi says he wants to play for boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys before the end of his career.
Messi left Newell’s for Barca at the age of 13 and has gone on to become one of the greatest players of all time, winning the Ballon d’Or on five occasions.
The 29-year-old has previously indicated a desire to end his career in Catalonia, but he appeared drawn to a Newell’s return during an interview with Telefe’s Polemica en el Bar in his homeland.
“I would love to [return],” he said. “It is something I have kept an eye on because it was my dream as a child.
“Obviously my life started to change and went another way, but I have no regrets.
“It’s something I have kept an eye on. I want to play in Argentine football and Newell’s, where I grew up.”
But there is no need to press the panic button as of yet. The Argentine is still on the right side of 30, and he intends to keep going and win trophies for his club. Perhaps, the only plausible scenario will be if instead of hanging up his boots in Spain, he decides to spend a year or two at Newell’s. Till then keep the fingers crossed.
Messi also recently announced his return to international football having initially said he would retire from Argentina duty following their Copa America Centenario final defeat to Chile.
“It’s what I felt at that time,” he added. “At that time everything collapsed around me because we all felt that was the moment, because of how the team were and how we played each game.
“We all want to win. I have been fighting with the selection and my dream is to win something.
“To get so close and not make it was a huge frustration for all of us.”