Lionel Messi may tearing it up for Barcelona but he has never forgotten his roots.
The Argentine, 29, has been a lifelong supporter of Newell’s Old Boys, joining them when he was six years old.
He went on to play for them for six years, scoring nearly 500 goals as a member of ‘The Machine of ’87’, the near-unbeatable youth side named for the year of their birth.
Many believe that if Messi was to return to Argentina, the only club he would play for would be Newell’s Old Boys.
So what would happen if that came to pass?
YouTuber Rich Leigh decided to find out via a couple of seasons in FIFA 17’s Career mode.
Can Messi lead them to glory again?
Well, it’s not the best start – with the Argentine only netting 11 goals in his first season.
He also loses agility points in the process – as father time begins to slow him down.
Newell’s Old Boys finish 11th in the table, well behind Racing Club who top the table with 69 points.
But all hope is not lost, with Messi faring much better in his second season.
The Argentine nets 16 goals and nine assists – picking up a classy 7.40 average rating.
His ability continues to decline, though – and he drops down to a 92 overall rating.
Newell’s finish the season in a far more respectable fourth place, with Independiente topping the table with 63.
Messi was the second top scorer in the league and provided the most assists.
By the third season, Messi – now aged 32 – is well into his stride – scoring 18 goals from 30 appearances.
His average rating of 7.60 defies the fact his ratings take yet another hit – with his overall score now sitting at 90.
And guess what.
Newell’s finally win the league – finishing 13 points above River Plate.
Messi was crowned the league’s top scorer, too.
So, there you have it.
According to FIFA, Messi would have a fairytale ending should he decide to wind his career down at his childhood club.
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