Lionel Messi will return to Newell's Old Boys, claims his first agent

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There are often unsubstantiated reports of Lionel Messi leaving Barcelona to join another European superpower and the latest rumour occurred this weekend when the Daily Mail claimed Manchester United had made two approaches to sign the Argentine.

Although everyone would love to see the five-time Ballon d’Or winner grace the Premier League, it’s highly unlikely to happen.

Messi has often reiterated his desire to return to Argentina - the country he left when he was 13 to join Barcelona.


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Last month, Messi told Sports Illustrated: "One day I would like to go to Argentina because I left my country at such a young age.

”I couldn't enjoy Rosario, my city, my people that much.

"It was a complicated time. On the one hand it was nice, because to come and play in Barcelona was something spectacular. On the other hand it was difficult, because I left everything behind."

And now, Messi’s very first agent, Horacio Gaggioli has confirmed the superstar’s desire to return to the club he played for as a youngster.

Messi's return

"I'm absolutely convinced this will happen," he told when asked of the prospect of Messi's homecoming. "He will be back to play for Newell's Old Boys, from Rosario."

Messi left Newell's Old Boys, where he scored almost 500 goals in six years, to have a trial at Barca.

After impressing, Gaggioli was on hand to negotiate Messi’s first contract at the Catalan club, represented by Barcelona’s sporting director, Charly Rexach, signing a white serviette.

Messi to Madrid?

However, Gaggioli admits that it could have easily have been a Madrid club that Messi was signing for, rather than Barcelona.

"His family wanted him to come to a big club in Europe and he would go wherever I'd be living," he added.

“I was about to live in Madrid to work there. If that happened we would have tried to get him at Real or Atletico Madrid.

"But in the end the Madrid job didn't happen for me and I ended up in Barcelona. For that reason, I used to say that Messi is a Barcelona player due to my circumstances. The circumstances and the famous napkin signed by Rexach, agreeing to hire him, changed the history of Barcelona."

The serviette 

What about the sacred serviette that must be worth an absolute fortune by now?

"I won't sell it for anything. I'm very fond of this napkin, because it shows my participation in this huge project between Barcelona and Messi."

It’s reported that Barcelona want to display the piece of history in their museum but Gaggioli said: "Nothing is decided for now. They will have to wait a little longer."

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