Argentina President Alberto Fernandez has requested Messi to come back to his childhood club in Argentina.
Fernandez said to Messi on Argentinian TV channel C5N:
“You are in our hearts and we have never seen you play in our country…Give us the pleasure of ending your career with Newell’s Old Boys, your club.”
Cristian D’Amico – Newell’s club vice-president – also added:
“Maradona came and everyone believed it was impossible. What Newell’s fan doesn’t have the dream to see the greatest in our shirt?”
However, simply requesting Messi to come to his homeland won’t work. The Argentina president faces competition from La Liga, who just rolled out a statement yesterday regarding Messi, backing Barcelona’s efforts to retain him.
It read: “In relation to the different interpretations (some of them contradictory to each other) published in recent days in different media, related to the contractual situation of the player Lionel Andrés Messi with FC Barcelona, LaLiga wishes to clarify that with regards to the player’s contract with his club:
“The contract is currently in force and has a “termination clause” applicable to the event that Lionel Andrés Messi decides to activate the early unilateral termination of the contract, carried out in accordance with article 16 of Royal Decree 1006/1985, of June 26, which regulates the special employment relationship of professional athletes.
In compliance with the applicable regulations, and following the corresponding procedure in these cases, LaLiga will not carry out the prior visa process for the player to be removed from the federation if they have not previously paid the amount of said clause.”