While Barcelona have so far dominated La Liga and are set to finish top of their Champions League group, Lionel Messi has tipped Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain as favourites for European glory.
Messi claimed his fourth European Golden Shoe on Friday in reward for his 37 La Liga goals last season, but while he continues to lead the way in European football, the Argentinian star claimed Barcelona do not.
Like City and PSG, aside from their Spanish super cup defeat by Real Madrid, Barcelona have boasted an undefeated record in all competitions and raced into poll position of their respective domestic league.
Lionel Messi poses with his fourth Golden Shoe award on Friday after finishing last season as the top goalscorer in all of Europe's top leagues with 37 La Liga goals
But, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, while Messi and co have been ruthless so far this season, the Argentinian has favoured Barcelona's rivals to be crowned European champions come the end of the season.
'City is one of the strongest teams at the moment together with PSG,' he said.
'So far, they have been the two teams that have shown themselves to be favourites, but this is a very long and tough competition.'
Barcelona have scored six goals less than City domestically and in Europe, with Pep Guardiola's side also favourites for the Premier League title.
Marca reported he believes Manchester City and