Argentine league side Newell’s Old Boys are confident they will lure Lionel Messi back to the club before he retires.
Lionel Messi was with his hometown club Newell’s until he moved to Barcelona to join the La Masia academy as a 14-year-old.
“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,” the club’s vice president Cristian D’Amico told FourFourTwo.
“I think we’re going to get the pleasure of Messi wearing the shirt.”
Messi would have no shortage of suitors should he decide to leave Spain, but D’Amico feels the player’s return to his homeland would have a huge impact on the country’s economy, which could work in his club’s favour.
“Imagine a game with Messi in the Coloso [the club’s stadium] with the press around the world,” he said.
“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.”