Lionel Messi

Newell's Old Boys fans attempt to entice Messi with street parade

The Argentine superstar is set to leave Barcelona after a 20-year association with the club he joined when he was 13-years-old

 
11:23am on Friday 28th August 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Supporters of Newell's Old Boys have held a street parade in Rosario in an attempt to lure Lionel Messi back to the club after he declared his intention to leave Barcelona.

On Tuesday of this week, Messi shocked the Blaugrana by faxing the club a letter requesting that his contract be terminated, allowing him to speak to other clubs.

The Argentine has become disillusioned with life at the Camp Nou, particularly on the field as the 2019/20 campaign was the first in 12 years in which Barca have failed to win any major silverware.

Every elite club has subsequently been linked with a transfer for him, with Inter and Manchester City thought to be leading the pack due to their financial might.

However, a more romantic, if highly unlikely scenario is that Messi returns to his boyhood club - Newell's Old Boys - having left at just 13-years-old to head to Spain.

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The fans of the Argentine side believe it could happen, and have pointed to the transfer of Diego Maradona from Sevilla of an example of a coup which could be repeated, with Maradona being the same age then as Messi is now.

"Maradona came and everyone believed it was impossible. What Newell's fan doesn't have the dream to see the greatest in our shirt?" Club vice-president Cristian D'Amico told TyC Sports.

Messi has indeed said in the past that he wants to return to Argentina to play at some point, but with a current €700m release clause and wages thought to be around €1m a week, Newell's Old Boys might just have to wait until the twilight of his career to see him return.

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