FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi is at the peak of his career but his former club is already dreaming about laying out the red carpet for an emotional homecoming in 2018. Messi’s home club Newell’s Old Boys from Rosario, Argentina is confident that the international star will wind down his career with them.
“I am convinced, like many of my peers, we can make history as a club if we get the best player in the world in a Newell’s shirt,” said club vice-president Cristian D’Amico. He spoke about his dream in an interview with Argentine publication La Capital.
D’Amico admits that there is no certainty that Messi will return. He could not give a definite date for the realization of this dream, but he pointed out that it is something that he is looking at as a possibility after the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Lionel Messi is one of the biggest football superstars. He has made a name for himself while winning numerous titles with FC Barcelona since moving to Spain back in 2000. Before gathering the highest possible football accolades for himself and for one of the biggest teams in the world, Messi played in the Newell’s Old Boys youth squad from 1994-2000. He began his career with the team when he was only six years old, and a sentimental return at the end of his career would certainly be sensational.
Messi himself had previously expressed a desire to return to the club of his youth. “If I return to Argentina, something I would love to do, the club would be Newell’s,” said Messi in a previous interview with El Planeta Urbano.
Despite what appears to be a mutual desire to reunite, the club might have other reasons why they want Lionel Messi back. Apart from the return of one of their own, he also brings with him a lot of economical benefits. “Imagine a game with Messi in the Coloso, with the press around the world, the sponsors who would come… that would make a difference and economically, apart from the sentimental value, it could make a big difference to cleaning up the debts,” said D’Amico.