Mauricio Pochettino says Lionel Messi is best in the world, admits Newell's Old Boys ambition

Barcelona's Lionel Messi

The Tottenham Hotspur manager admits he would return to his first club.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been enjoying the international break this week and even found time to speak to the radio in Argentina about his beloved nation and his management career.

The Spurs boss was speaking to ESPN Radio when he spoke about Argentina’s current international problems, and how a World Cup would not be the same without La Albiceleste:

"One hopes that there names the team can perform better and get good results. I have absolute confidence that we can win against Colombia.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

"No one is going through your head a World Cup without Argentina, beyond that there is the fear that the expected results will not take out.”

He then went on to comment on Lionel Messi. Speaking of the Barcelona forward, who like Pochettino began his footballing education at Newell’s Old Boys, he made it clear he feels the Argentine is the best player in the world:

"I would give Messi for me is the best player in the world by far.”.

Barcelona's Lionel MessiBarcelona's Lionel Messi

Messi has often spoken of his desire to finish his career at Newell’s – but what about Poch? Would he consider a return to his first club? He had this to say:

"I would manage the Newell's team. (But) I do not know where I will go in football.”

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Of course, Tottenham Hotspur fans can relax for the time being. Pochettino is just 44-years-old and is likely to have a long and prosperous career in European football management before he heads back to Argentina to settle down again.

Hopefully he can bring some silverware to Tottenham before he gets to that point.

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