Despite the stick he receives back in Argentina, he has been the sole reason why Argentina has participated in three major final over the past four 4 years.
Asked if Argentina could win the World Cup, Messi swerved between hope and realism.
"In Argentina, I would like to play six months or some games in Newell's", Mundo Deportivo quotes Messi as saying.
That Messi was not involved in either the semis or the final was great news for Argentina, who have become remarkably reliant on the five-time Ballon d'Or victor over the past couple of years.
"My dream was to play for Newell's as a kid, going to the matches with my dad, my brothers, my friends. after that; circumstances in life took me elsewhere but I still have that in mind". It won't be easy, but we have the best player in the history of football and we'll do everything possible to achieve it. "At that World Cup, I scored two goals vs Argentina, we lost 3-2, but both progressed", Musa told Goal.
It was a night of celebration for another Barcelona star as Javier Mascherano joined Javier Zanetti as Argentina's most-capped player with 143 global appearances.
In Russia, Argentina will face Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia in what he called "a complicated group".
"I met Cesc's parents and at the time we were interested in Messi and Pique as well". We have to win the first game [against Iceland], that's the most important thing because it will calm things down. When I try to go to a shopping mall or walk somewhere, I always go fast, so as not to stop.
The attention he draws just by being involved in a play opens up space for his teammates, and he sent a message to future opponents rather than rest ahead of the World Cup.