Former Blaugrana star, Luis Figo believes Lionel Messi may yet force his way out of Camp Nou.
According to him, “nothing can change your mind” once you set your heart on making a fresh start.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner pushed for a move away from the Liga giants over the summer.
Having grown disillusioned with life at the only club side he has represented over the course of a distinguished career to date, Messi decided that the time was right for a new challenge.
The likes of Manchester City and Inter were quick to position themselves at the front of a transfer queue, but no talks could be held as Barca stood firm.
Figo is intrigued to see how a remarkable sporting story plays out, with the Portuguese conceding that Messi may have already decided that a departure is on the cards in Catalunya.
The former Barca winger told Marca: “I watched the thing with Messi and his attempt to leave Barcelona this summer like all football fans: expectantly and surprised.
“He’ll have his motives and reasons for making that decision. I don’t know what happened beforehand.
“Every club wants to have a player like Messi, but then it depends on factors like the current financial situation at the club, the money he’ll cost the club in wages, the will of the player…
“But generally, in life, if you don’t want to be somewhere, in the end there’s nothing that can change your mind.”