Worrying Lionel Messi footage shows lack of effort in Barcelona game vs Kyiv

Footage has emerged from Barcelona's narrow win over Dynamo Kyiv which shows Lionel Messi practically standing still in the dying moments of the game rather than pressing his opponent.

There has been much speculation over the six-time Ballon d'Or winner's future in recent months after he demanded to leave the club in the summer.

In the end Messi was not permitted to depart, however, and looks set to stay until at least the end of this season.

But some have questioned whether the 33-year-old is as committed to the Barcelona cause as he once was as a result of the recent off-pitch drama.

And his attitude in the last seconds of the victory over Kyiv will come as a further worry to Barcelona supporters.

With his side 2-1 up and just 15 seconds of the three minutes allotted injury time left to play, Kyiv midfielder Oleksandr Andriyevskyi receives the ball just outside the centre-circle.

Messi is the nearest Barcelona player to him, but rather than attempting to close Andriyevskyi down he simply strolls back, allowing the Kyiv man to run past him with ease and mount an attack.

In the end nothing came of it, and the game ended 2-1, but Messi's body language will surely infuriate both teammates and fans.

The talismanic forward has been in relatively good form recently, and did score a penalty to open the scoring in the game.

But it is believed he continues to feel disillusioned with life at the Nou Camp, and rumours still continue to link him with a move to Manchester City.

Messi's teammate Gerard Pique admitted in his post-match interview that things are still not all well at Barcelona, saying: "The club is the way it is right now.

"There's a process of change that was necessary. We have needed to turn things around.

"There was an obvious trend of things getting worse every year. We don't have a lot of time, but we need things to improve.

"You can't have a transitional year at Barcelona. There will be a new board and with that there will be a lot of changes in the coming months."

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