I mean, when a politician (or the former King's daughter come to think of it!) comes out with responses along the lines of what Messi has come out with, the ordinary Joe soap is surely entitled to raise an eyebrow, or two.
It's business & it's business driven entirely as a result of your football activity/ability. He hardly signed everything & anything before skipping off to training without a second thought in a career where, due to it's short-term nature, you need to maximise your earnings.
Is my cynicism coming across?