Lionel Messi ‘s relationship with Neymar has reportedly deteriorated since the Brazilian swapped Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
Neymar spent four years alongside the Argentine ace but quit the Nou Camp in a staggering €222million move to the Parc des Princes.
Messi stood by Neymar despite the backlash following his Barca exit, but that loyalty has not been reciprocated, according to Diario Gol .
The Barcelona legend is understood to have been unhappy with the way Neymar and his father posed for photos with Cristiano Ronaldo at the Best FIFA Awards ceremony back in October.
Messi took a swipe at his former teammate after being awarded his fourth Golden Shoe award last week.
He claims Barcelona have become even better since Neymar left the club.
“Neymar’s departure has caused the way we play to change,” the Argentine told Marca . “We lost a great deal of offensive potential but it favoured us in a defensive sense.
“Currently we are most well-armed in the middle of the field, we have more balance and that makes us stronger defensively.”
His exit has paved the way for a more attacking role for Jordi Alba, who scored the equaliser against Valencia at the weekend.