According to him, Barcelona and Real Madrid remain the best clubs that have attracted the best players over time.
Messi, who earns an estimated £365,000 a week at Barcelona, claims the big spending of the oil-rich clubs is ruining the game.
“There are clubs now with a lot of money and players move for that reason,” he told Catalunya radio.
“Wherever the most money is, that’s where they end up going.
“Things have changed and now the owners of clubs are multi-millionaires. Before, everyone wanted to play for Barca or Madrid, who were the best, but now everything’s tighter and there’s not much of a difference between the teams in Manchester, PSG, Madrid, us, Bayern [Munich], the Italians.”