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Did Lionel Messi ever play for Newell's Old Boys?

Published at :February 13, 2024 at 4:25 PM
Modified at :February 13, 2024 at 4:26 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

Messi could return to his childhood club once his contract with Miami expires

Inter Miami return to the peace and quiet of Florida for one last test prior to the MLS season beginning, following a protracted global tour. The hopeful new campaign for Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s team against Real Salt Lake kicks off on February 21.

With just one game remaining, this one could be the most memorable for the Argentine sensation: Messi and Miami will take on his beloved Newell’s Old Boys from Rosario, Argentina.

A youngster who would go on to become a football hero was born in Rosario on June 24, 1987. Despite Lionel Messi‘s early life, he was unable to make his pro debut in the city where he was raised. Lionel Messi did feature for Newell’s Old Boys in youth leagues before joining Barcelona’s youth academy, La Masia.

Messi’s “dream” for Newell and he feels obligated to repay the city he vacations in and the place that gave him everything because of this. Messi will never forget his dream of playing for La Lepra in the future.

Four days after Diego Armando Maradona passed away on November 29, 2020, Lionel Messi made the decision to honour the former world champion while still sporting the Barcelona uniform.

“Personally there was always the idea, and even more so after having become world champion, of playing Argentine football. Ever since I started playing at Newell’s when I was little and going to the stadium, it was my dream to play there [for the first team],” the Argentine revealed in September 2023.

“When I was seven or eight years old, I remember going with my dad, my uncle and my brothers. We always went to the stadium. If it wasn’t a very complicated game that could end in trouble, like a Clásico, we would go whenever we could” he acknowledged in an interview with Jorge Valdano in February of last year.

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