His publicly-voiced desire to leave during the summer caused quite the stir and the lack of clarity around his short-term future has hung over Camp Nou like a dark cloud.
Of key importance in Messi’s unhappiness is Barcelona’s failure to build a team capable of achieving the ultimate prize – the Champions League.
“I had decided [to try to leave] before Luis Suarez was dismissed, but it seemed crazy to me what they did and how he left.
“He left for free, paying up his contract and allowing him to join a team that is fighting for the same objectives as us.”
Messi also revealed how difficult he found it to adapt to the new atmosphere in the dressing room after Suarez, who was a very close friend of his, left for the Spanish capital and Atletico.
“It was difficult for me to adapt after what happened to the dressing room,” he said.
“There are many new people, not as many from the club, with many different cultures. That makes it more difficult to unite a dressing room, but little by little we’re doing it.”