Messi says he would consider playing for Newell's Old Boys

Messi says he would consider playing for Newell's Old Boys

- Messi reveals he would return to his boyhood club to retire

- The 30-year-old left Newell's Od Boys for Barcelona in 2001

- Argentina will play Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland in Russia

Lionel Messi has stated he would love to play for Newell's Old Boys in the future after declaring Barcelona will be his only club in Europe.

The Argentine captain insists he would love to feature as a professional for his boyhood team where he began his footballing education.

The 30-year-old joined Newell's in his native town Rosario at the age of six and remained there for six years before moving to Barcelona in 2001.

And Messi said he would like an emotional return to Newell's who have stated they plan to sign him before he hangs his boot.

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"I'm increasingly sure that in Europe, Barcelona will be my only club," Messi told Argentine television station El Trece.

"I always said I wanted to play in Argentine football one day, I don't know if it will happen but I have it in my mind.

"It would be at Newell's, nowhere else. I would like to do that for at least six months, but you never know what will happen."

Messi will be hoping to lead his country to the World Cup in Russia as they will be in pursuit of their first success in the tournament since 1986.

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Argentina got to the finals in Brazil where they lost to Germany thanks to Mario Goetze's winner in extra time.

But Messi insists winning it with Argentina would be very special and says he does not regret not swapping allegiances to Spain, despite their achievement in 2010.

"The other day I was talking to a friend and he told me "if you had chosen Spain, you'd be a World Cup winner already," but it wouldn't have been the same," added Messi.

"Obviously in no moment did I think about doing that. To win it with Argentina would be something unique."

Messi scored a hat-trick in their final qualifying match against Ecuador to send Argentina to Russia.

He also scored seven goals during the campaign, despite missing eight games through injury and suspension.

Argentina will face Haiti and Israel in their two friendly matches ahead of the World Cup as Jorge Sampaoli's side have been drawn into a group featuring Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported Andreas Iniesta played his last match for Barcelona after 22-years at the club.

Enresto Valverde's side defeated Real Sociedad by a lone goal courtesy of a trademark strike from Philippe Coutinho.

The Catalan giants finished the season with just one defeat in the season to Levante but gathered 93 points to finish La Liga season champions.

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