That’s according to club hero Francisco Jose Carrasco who says all is not well behind the scenes in Catalonia.
The diminutive superstar has become embroiled in a high-profile spat with director of football Eric Abidal, after the Frenchman questioned the work ethic of some players during Ernesto Valverde’s tenure.
When speaking about the ‘crisis at Barcelona’ Carrasco hinted at Messi’s potential exit from the club saying: “In all the years since I have loved his (Messi’s) style of play which goes beyond club colours, it is the first time I see Messi with one foot out of the club."
Carrasco, who played at Barcelona for 11 seasons, went on to say: “Imagine how he must be feeling on the inside. The guy is 32 years old, he is a father and has responsibilities beyond football and carrying all the weight of having a club like Barcelona on his shoulders.
“It reaches a point when a person has to weigh up their options and see if they are happy or not well. Very important things will happen at Barcelona right now.”
The Barcelona legend explained Messi, 32, “just wants to defend himself” as he “is sick of what they are accusing him” referring to local media “putting him on the bull’s eye” and reporting “he decides who to put on or take off the pitch”.
Carrasco ended by hinting at “the worst times for Barcelona” if the squad does not come together.
Abidal’s interview with Catalan daily Sport started the tense furore earlier this week.
"A lot of players were not happy and did not work much and there was also a problem with internal communication," Abidal explained.
"The relationship between the coach and dressing room was always good, but there are things that as an ex-player I can sense.
“I told the club what I thought and we had to make a decision."
However, Messi was enraged by the comments and issued a fiery retort on social media.
"I honestly do not like to do this kind of thing but I think that everyone has to be responsible for their job and take responsibility for their decisions," he wrote.
"Players for what happens on the field, we are also the first to acknowledge when we don't play well.
"Those in charge of sporting direction should also face up to their responsibilities and above all take charge of their own decisions.
"Lastly, I think that when you talk about players, you should give names because otherwise you are tainting everyone's name and feeding rumours that spread and are not true."