Could Lionel Messi actually return to his boyhood membership, Newell's Old Boys?
Fans of the Argentine membership gathered on Thursday within the streets of Rosario – Messi's home city – for a parade to bring their boy again home.
Since Messi handed in a switch request at Barcelona this week, the soccer world has gone completely giddy with hypothesis. At the second, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain appear like the 2 front-runners for his signature. But might sentimentality or home illness have some sway on his eventual choice?
Messi has been at Barcelona for nearly his whole footballing life, a graduate of his La Masia academy, which he joined aged 13. Before all that although, his journey began out Newell's Old Boys academy.
So, is that this actually going to occur? It's in all probability unlikely, isn't it?
But there’s some historic precedent.
Jamie Ralph, head of the membership's English-speaking supporters' membership, instructed PA information that folks want to perceive that Newell's has a little bit of a monitor document for pulling off main shock signings. Most famously, they did handle to lure again one other well-known Argentine export – Diego Maradona.
“Maradona was at Sevilla in Spain – he was solely 33, so he was the identical age as Messi – and he got here again and signed for Newell's, which was unbelievable on the time. This was the 12 months earlier than the '94 World Cup,” Ralph defined.
Club vice-president Cristian D'Amico instructed TyC Sports: “Maradona got here and everybody believed it was unimaginable. What Newell's fan doesn't have the dream to see the best in our shirt?”
They additionally signed World Cup winner David Trezeguet in 2013 and ex-Liverpool man Maxi Rodriguez at the moment performs for them. Pedigree.
There's a banner on the Estadio Marcelo Bielsa that claims “your dream is our dream” and a few fans have gotten Messi's identify on their backs.
Ralph did admit that there was, “a little bit of romanticism” happening amongst all of this. He stated, “I do suppose Messi will play for Newell's sooner or later, however personally suppose it's slightly bit too quickly.”
We wouldn't hold our breath. But it might be an enthralling story, wouldn't it?