Lionel Messi has by no means hidden his want to play for hometown membership Newell’s Outdated Boys and although his choice to go away Barcelona prompted dancing within the streets of Rosario on Thursday, most followers know he is in all probability not coming house simply but.
Officers and supporters of the membership consider Messi will in the future pull on their distinctive half crimson, half blue shirt however they’re conscious that on the age of 33, Messi in all probability has a couple of extra years in Europe earlier than heading house for a romantic swan track.
“As a Newell’s fan I need him to come back right here however we all know it’s not possible,” Daniel Valvi, a 65-year outdated retiree, informed reporters in Rosario, a metropolis of 1.5 million folks 300km northwest of Buenos Aires.
“If he does come he’ll are available in 4 years or so when he’s nearly completed so he can say, I’m taking part in a couple of video games for Newell’s after which I’m retiring.”
Messi introduced he needed to go away Barcelona on Tuesday after spending his whole profession on the Catalan membership.
The choice sparked a furore because the web erupted with the controversy over the place he would possibly go.
Information studies in Argentina and Spain mentioned the six-time world participant of the yr wished to go for Manchester Metropolis and rejoin Pep Guardiola, his coach at Barcelona throughout a gloriously profitable spell.
Different studies mentioned Inter Milan, Juventus, or Paris St Germain is perhaps keen to interrupt the financial institution to lure the most effective gamers of all time.
However whereas many Newell’s followers are content material to attend for his or her hero’s return, others weren’t so affected person, with a whole lot of supporters taking to the streets of the provincial metropolis on Thursday evening to indicate their assist.
A parade of automobiles made its manner from Newell’s Marcelo Bielsa stadium to the Rosario metropolis centre with followers tooting horns, hanging from the home windows waving flags, and singing songs.
“Olele, Olala, Messi is Newell’s, he is not going to Metropolis,” chanted followers, introduced collectively by social media and ignoring social distancing.
Membership officers are equally hopeful of seeing Messi returns however they’re aware it’s most definitely a query not of now however of when.
“We don’t should make any name,” Juan José Concina, Newell’s secretary-general informed an area radio station in Rosario this week.
“Nobody is aware of extra clearly than he does that Newell’s desires him to come back right here. And that’s not depending on a telephone name. We’ve to be cool about it.
“It’s not nearly Newell’s, his arrival right here is sweet not only for our establishment however for Argentine soccer as an entire. That’s why I agree that it’s a query of state, as a result of it will be an actual increase for the sport in Argentina.”