Leo Messi reveals 'dream' of playing in Argentina after Barcelona career

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In front of a room of reporters hungry for a story, Leo Messi chose to err on the side of caution when asked if he would ever leave Barcelona.

He claimed it was his ambition to retire with La Liga's biggest and best club, ending his illustrious career as one of the few remaining 'one-club men'. But just two days later, during an interview with FIFA, his response was very different.

The Argentinian, fresh from winning his fifth Ballon d'Or, admitted that he still retains the dream of playing professional football in his home country, ideally with his youth team Newell's Old Boys.


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He said: "Yes, I've always said that I would like to play in Argentina. It was always my dream when I was a boy, though I had to leave at a very early age because of my situation and it didn’t happen.

"I had to go to Europe, start out with Barcelona and make my career there. But I would like to return to Argentinian football one day. What happens after that, only God knows."

Argentinian affinity

Having been scooped up by Barcelona at the tender age of 13, Messi has no idea what it is like to play in the famous Argentina's Primera Division, but there has always been a hope from within the country that he would one day return.

Of course, he still returns to play for the national side and has already garnered over 100 caps and 49 goals. That has put him within touching distance of Gabriel Batistuta's all-time record of 56.

Premier League odyssey

While it may be uncertain as to where Messi will retire, it is looking increasingly likely that the embarrassment of riches the Premier League can offer will not coax the world's greatest player.

Manchester City were recently linked with a mammoth transfer move, aided by the inevitable arrival of Pep Guardiola in the summer, but it seems no amount of money could convince Messi to leave Barcelona.

Only sentiment appears to sway him, and, for that, we love him even more.

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