All this points to one thing: Messi is not going to return to Barcelona.
His return would certainly bring back some of the prestige to the club many believe it has lost in recent times.
What does Messi think about a return?
He is keen on a return to what was his home for about 18 years and where he went from being a young, homesick boy to a mature husband, father and footballing legend.
It is clear he is regarded by Barcelona manager Xavi as an integral part of his future plans and that will be important to him, more important than any financial considerations.