Lionel Messi has revealed that he would cherish a return to his boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys before his playing days come to an end.
Newell’s was Messi’s first club, and it was while playing for them that the Argentine was first spotted by Barcelona’s scouts. His performances for the club persuaded Barcelona to bring him to the Nou Camp at the raw age of 13, and Messi has never looked back since.
He has gone on to become arguably the best in the world, and even the greatest to have ever played the game, winning five Ballon D’Or trophies along the way.
However, he has admitted that the thought of returning to the club where he first learned the skills of his trade has been on his mind, and that he would love to go back to the place where it all began.
“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.”
Messi also admitted that he took the decision to retire from International football in the heat of the moment, after his country lost their third consecutive final in a row in international tournaments to Chile on penalties.
Only a few weeks on from his announcement, however, he has performed a u-turn and decided to make himself available for selection for his country again.
Revealing the reasons behind his hasty decision to call it quits on the international stage, he said: “It’s what I felt at that time. 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 Seleccion and my dream is to win something. To get so close and not make it was a huge frustration for all of us.”