Newell’s chief confident of Messi capture

Aung Thu at Muangthong United

The vice president of Argentine club Newell's Old Boys is convinced that they can persuade Rosario native Lionel Messi to return to his boyhood side.

The 29-year-old Barcelona playmaker began his youth career with La Lepra before moving to Spain when he was just 13, and club vice president Cristian D'Amico is confident he can be persuaded to return.

"I am convinced, like many of my peers, we can make history as a club if we get the best player in the world in a Newell's shirt," D'Amico told La Capital.

"I think we're going to get the pleasure of Messi wearing the shirt. It would be revolutionary.

"Imagine a game with Messi in the Coloso (Estadio Marcelo Bielsa), with the press around the world, the sponsors who would come… that would make a difference and economically, apart from the sentimental value, it could make a big difference to cleaning up the debts."

Messi himself has previously hinted that a return to his homeland could be on the cards, but stopped short of committing to the idea, which he revealed he would not be considering any time soon.

"If I return to Argentina, something I would love to do, the club would be Newell's," Messi had previously said.

"The reality is that I don't know what will happen tomorrow, so I can't promise that I will return, because it wouldn't be sincere. I can tell you I would love to play in Argentina and for Newell's, but it depends on many things."