Messi is all set to remain in Spain.
Barcelona can look forward to keeping hold of Lionel Messi, unless he manages to convince his family to return to Argentina in the future.
Lionel Messi conceded his dreams of a fairytale return to Newell’s Old Boys are fading as he reflected on the “madness” of Argentina’s obsession with football. The Barcelona superstar has long expressed a desire to end his career in his hometown of Rosario, where he played for Newell’s as a child.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner left for Europe in his teens and acknowledges it would now be tough to ask his wife and three children to leave behind their life in Catalonia.
“I always say that I don’t want to leave here, I have no thoughts of moving,” Messi told TyC Sports. “I have the dream of being able to play for Newell’s in Argentina, but I don’t know if it is really going to happen because I have a family that is ahead of my desire.
“It is a dream I have had since I was little, but I have a family, I have three children, I live in a place that has given me everything and where I am calm and can give my children a spectacular future. We think much more about that than my desire of playing football in Argentina.
“I will try to convince the family, because today we have to convince the children too.”
Messi’s involvement in Argentine club football would invite immense interest and, though he relocated almost two decades ago, the 32-year-old is fully aware of the hostile intensity that surrounds his homeland’s strongest rivalries. According to the Barca captain, his club’s encounters with Real Madrid do not stir the same level of manic passion associated with derbies like the Superclasico, contested by Boca Juniors and River Plate.