Lionel Messi has revealed he is very sure that Barcelona will be the only club he represents in Europe. The Argentine is preparing for another World Cup with Argentina and says his only chance to play for Newell’s Old Boys in his homeland appeals to him when his club footballing career begins to wind down.
He spent time with the club based in Rosario before making the move to Barcelona as a teenager and came through the club’s ‘C’ and ‘B’ teams on his rise to stardom.
“I’m increasingly sure that in Europe, Barcelona will be my only club,” Messi said in an interview with Argentine television station El Trece.
“I always said I wanted to play in Argentine football one day, I don’t know if it will happen but I have it in my mind.
“It would be at Newell’s, nowhere else. I would like to do that for at least six months, but you never know what will happen.
“My dream was to play for Newell’s as a kid, going to the matches with my dad, my brothers, my friends… after that; circumstances in life took me elsewhere but I still have that in mind.”
Messi also expressed happiness that he opted for Argentina over Spain in his international career, although he would have been a World Cup and two time Euro championship winner if he had chosen the latter.
“The other day I was talking to a friend and he told me ‘if you had chosen Spain, you’d be a World Cup winner already’, but it wouldn’t have been the same,” he added.
“Obviously in no moment did I think about doing that. To win it with Argentina would be something unique.
“We have players to be able to dream. It’s important to start off with a win to build confidence. We don’t have an easy group.”