But, by snubbing testing on Sunday, the 33-year-old now seems close to heading for the Nou Camp exit door.
Meanwhile, former Barcelona star Deco has urged Messi to ‘think about’ his future at the club despite already appearing to have made up his mind.
“I don’t know [if Messi will leave], but he has a contract,” he said.
“He is a player who wants to keep winning and it will depend on what Barca does when it comes to offering him a competitive team. I haven’t spoken to him, but I’m sure that’s what he thinks.
“I think he has to think about his future at a sporting level. It is very difficult to make a decision because we are talking about the club of his life; it is not that he has been at Barca for three or four years.