Barcelona’s dressing room is no longer at ease after seeing skipper Lionel Messi’s pain at the 4-1 Champions League drubbing by Paris Saint-Germain.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, Messi’s disappointment after the match is haunting his team-mates.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner greeted compatriots Mauro Icardi, Leandro Paredes and PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino but could barely look them in the eye.
The report states even vocal Gerard Pique – who could be heard barking orders on the pitch – fell silent inside the solemn Barca changing room.
Kylian Mbappe’s stunning hat-trick at the Nou Camp has virtually eliminated the Catalan giants before a ball has even been kicked in the second leg.
And the feeling of European dejection is an all too familiar one for the 33-year-old captain after last season’s humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich.
The Blaugrana were embarrassed as they suffered an 8-2 humiliation by eventual Champions League winners Bayern at the quarter-final stage.
The Argentine icon looked heartbroken in a dressing room picture following the Bayern trouncing and the result intensified talk he would leave the club.
After publicly declaring his desire to move on with a transfer request, Messi performed a dramatic U-turn in the summer after his kids cried at the news and he realised he wasn’t prepared to go to court to force an exit.