Messi: It’s a childhood dream of mine to play for this team, but I don’t know if I can make it happen

The Argentine superstar is still hoping to head home at some stage in his career, but has moved again to rule out any plans to move into coaching

Quizzed by FIFA on whether that remains the plan about going back to Newell’s Old Boys, Messi said: “Yes. That’s what I’ve always said, haven’t I?

“It’s a childhood dream of mine to play in the Newell’s shirt, though I don’t know if I can make it happen. It’s not just down to me, though. I’ve got three children.”

Messi, though, has no intention of moving into coaching unless he experiences a sudden change of heart before heading into retirement.

“I’ve always said that I don’t, but you never know,” he added when asked if he could see management forming part of his future.

“I look at them and start thinking that I would like to work with youngsters, to train them and coach them, but right now I honestly can’t see it happening.

“It might happen over the new few years, though. I don’t know.”