Heinze says the forward will join his current side Newell’s Old Boys.
FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will join Newell’s Old Boys before finishing his career says former Manchester United and Argentina defender Gabriel Heinze.
Heinze currently plays for Newell’s, whilst Messi came through the club’s youth system before Barca snapped him up as a teenager and that is why the ex-Red Devil thinks the four-time Ballon d’Or winner will return.
“Messi will retire at Newell’s, there’s no need to convince him of anything,” the 36-year-old told Marca.
“I don’t see him wearing any other shirt in Argentina than that of Newell’s and he will retire at Newell’s.”
Messi is widely regarded as one of the best players to ever play the game and to date has only ever played professionally on the domestic stage for the Catalans.
Over the years the 27-year-old has been linked with moves away from the Nou Camp, but nothing concrete has ever been established and many believe the South American will never leave the club.
Whether Heinze is right or not remains to be seen, but for now Messi is trying to help new head coach Luis Enrique bring back the glory days to Catalonia.
Last season was the first since 2007/08 that Barca failed to win a single trophy, being knocked out of the Champions League by Atletico Madrid and finishing second to them in La Liga and losing the Copa del Rey final to Real Madrid.