It remains to be seen whether a public endorsement from Messi might go some way to swaying Griezmann, with the five-time Ballon d'Or victor believing that the pair would work well in tandem. "He is going through an exceptional time in his career".
"He is a great player and could help any team in the world".
The France global is available for €100 million (£88m) due to a release clause in his deal with Atletico, and Barcelona are at the front of the queue to sign the striker.
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The midfielder is unlikely to make a decision on his future until after the World Cup.
Last season, manager Ernesto Valverde rarely fielded Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez in same side.
Antoine Griezmann only yesterday performed an apparent U-turn on his impending Barcelona transfer and chose to stay put at Atletico Madrid, according to reports.
So if he does leave Atletico, where could Griezmann go next?
And five-time Ballon d'Or victor Messi, who is also preparing for the World Cup in Russian Federation, wants as much quality as possible at Camp Nou.
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