Five-time Ballon d'Or winning superstar Lionel Messi has ruled out ever leaving Barcelona for another European club, but suggested that he would like to finish his playing career back in his native Argentina.
The forward, who is preparing for his fourth World Cup next month, also admitted in a long interview with television programme '
He revealed (via Sport): "I always said that I want to play some day in Argentine football, I do not know if it will happen, but I have it in mind. I'd like to live that for at least six months, but you never know what's going to happen.
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"The desire is always playing for Newell's, it is what I dreamed as a kid," Messi told TyC Sports (via Sky Sports) last year. "When I went to the club I imagined playing in the Primera Division, but I do not know what's going to happen in a few years."
Messi said: "The other day I was talking to a friend and he was saying, 'look, if you had stayed with Spain, you would be world champion.'
"But it would not have been the same, obviously it never crossed my mind. [Winning with] Argentina would be something unique."
Argentina face debutants Iceland on June 16 in their first match of Group D, before taking Nigeria and Croatia for a place in the knockout stages and potentially Messi's last shot at World Cup glory.