The Argentine super star ended all suggestions he would leave the Nou Camp last month as he finally signed a £500,000-a-week contract which will tie him to the club until 2021.
According to Marca, City also offered the 30-year-old a mouth-watering £850,000-a-week to reunite with former boss Pep Guardiola.
Messi himself has scored 13 goals in his 14 league appearances under manager Ernesto Valverde this season.
Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi has given his backing to out-of-favour Argentina team mate Gonzalo Higuain and said the Juventus forward should be recalled to the national side in time for next year's World Cup finals.
Messi is now the second highest paid player in the world, earning R8.7 million a week.
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"Nigeria have very good players, fast players, you can't give them space".
"But it's true that we need to improve if we want to be world champions".
Argentina, who have not won a major global trophy since lifting the Copa America in 1993, were last week drawn in Group D for next year's World Cup finals in Russian Federation, alongside Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland. "Right now there are better teams than us, like Brazil, Germany, France and Spain". The criticism went beyond normal and went beyond football.
"Bench role? It's hard for me not to play or to be subbed off, but I realised and understood that it was for the best". The bitterness we feel is because we know what awaits us if we do badly.
He subsequently reversed his decision and will be the linchpin of a talented Argentina side as they aim to win the World Cup next year.