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Come back to Argentina, President Alberto Fernandez begs Messi

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Argentina president Alberto Fernandez has urged Lionel Messi to return to his homeland.

Manchester City are the current favourites to sign the six-time Ballon d’Or winner this summer after he formally requested an exit from Camp Nou.

Messi joined Barcelona at age 13 and has spent 20 years in total at the club, never getting the opportunity to play professional football in his native Argentina.

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And Mr Fernandez now wants to see that remedied, encouraging the 33-year-old to go back to where his youth career started at Newell’s Old Boys.

“You are in our hearts and we have never seen you play in our country,” he said.

“Give us the pleasure of ending your career with Newell’s Old Boys, your club.”

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Mr Fernandez added: “The great merit of [Diego] Maradona is that he played alone against the world.

“I’ve never seen a player like Maradona. I admire him deeply – more than Messi, to be honest because he comes from the Argentinos’ youth. He was a kind of gladiator, with incredible strength.”





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