Here we go again. Newell’s, the boyhood club of Lionel Messi in Rosario, Argentina, is confident in signing the Barcelona superstar after the 2018 World Cup, according to La Capital.

“I am convinced, like many of my peers, that we can make history as a club if we get the best player in the world to wear the Newell’s shirt in the first division,” vice president Cristian D’Amico said.

D’Amico said he can see the love Messi has for the team, from photos with Newell’s gear to what he has said in the past, including liking the idea of one day playing for the club.

We have long said that the most likely club to secure his services at any point would be Newell’s, who he was with before joining Barca in 2000 as a 13-year-old. But at age 31, it is hard to see that happening in 2018. Just look at Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is killing it for Manchester United at 34. Messi has lots of time left to excel at the top level, and the play in Argentina is a huge drop off from that of Europe.

Messi, who scored two goals at the weekend in his club’s La Liga opener, appears more than happy at Barca, but there is no denying he has a soft spot for his favorite team. Perhaps one day we see him wear the red and black of the Argentine club, but if you are to believe his comments in January, Barca is the only place he will play.

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