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Lionel Messi names team he'd "love" to play for after Barcelona

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Currently under contract until 2018 and with talk of a new extension this season, Lionel Messi isn't leaving Barcelona any time soon.

In fact, there are a lot of people who believe the Argentinian superstar won't quit Barca until he retires from the game altogether, such is his affinity for the Catalan club.

However, speaking in an interview in his native Argentina, Messi has admitted there is one club he would "love" to play for before calling time on his illustrious career.

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Speaking to Telefe's Polemica en el Bar, via Goal.com, the diminutive forward confirmed his interest in one day returning to Newell's Old Boys - the Argentinian club where his football career began in 1994.

"I would love to [return]," he said. "It is something I have kept an eye on because it was my dream as a child.

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"Obviously my life started to change and went another way, but I have no regrets.

"It's something I have kept an eye on. I want to play in Argentine football and Newell's, where I grew up."

Newell's Old Boys are the only other club on Messi's footballing CV having joined them at six-years-old. He went on to score over 500 goals in the youth ranks before ultimately moving on to Barcelona's famed La Masia academy aged just 10.

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Now 29 and having won virtually every individual and club award going during his time at Barcelona, it certainly sounds like Messi would like to finish his career on a sentimental note when the time comes.

Even the most ardent Barca fan wouldn't begrudge their hero a move to Newell's at some stage, so long as it doesn't come while he is still at his peak.

The move would also sit well with fans in his native Argentina, many of whom have often been a little reluctant to throw their full support behind the multi-time Ballon d'Or winner because he has never actually played professionally in his home country.

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Only time will tell whether Messi does end up at Newell's Old Boys - or any other club - before retiring from the game.

It would, though, be pretty special to see the greatest player of his generation follow in the footsteps of fellow Argentina legend Diego Maradona and return from his exploits in Europe to finish his career in the country of his birth.

Newell's vice president Cristian D'Amico has already spoken of his desire to bring Messi back to the club in the future, and the player's comments today would certainly suggest it is only a matter of when, not if.

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