Lionel Messi has, with it now revealed that he has an exit clause in his contract at Barcelona, reiterated his desire to represent Newell’s Old Boys at some stage in his career.
Messi’s entire professional career, which has included countless record-breaking exploits, five Ballons d’Or and now a FIFA Best award, has been spent at Camp Nou.
He is 32 years of age and tied to a deal with Barcelona that is due to run until 2021.
It has, however, emerged that the South American has the option to walk away from that agreement at the end of any given campaign.
Messi has offered no indication that he is planning to take such a decision any time soon, but he has once again stated that he hopes to one day tread a path back to his roots.
Quizzed by FIFA on whether that remains the plan, Messi said: “Yes. That’s what I’ve always said, haven’t I?
“It’s a childhood dream of mine to play in the Newell’s shirt, though I don’t know if I can make it happen. It’s not just down to me, though. I’ve got three children.”