Messi keen on Newell’s Old Boys reunion

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Lionel Messi wants to fulfil a lifelong dream of returning home to Argentina to play for his childhood club Newell's Old Boys.

The 29-year-old Barcelona star spent six years at the Argentine sports club from 1994 to 2000 before forging a career for himself in Spain, but has always dreamed of one day going back.

Messi was just thirteen when he left his home, but it has never been too far from his thoughts.

He told Telefe's Polemica en el Bar: "I would love to [return]. It is something I have kept an eye on because it was my dream as a child.

"Obviously my life started to change and went another way, but I have no regrets.

"It's something I have kept an eye on. I want to play in Argentine football and Newell's, where I grew up."

Newell's vice president Cristian D'Amico has openly spoken about his desire to see Messi again wear the club's colours, but admits it is not something that will happen in the immediate future.

He told ESPN: "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."