This is ESPN FC's verdict, Alejandro Moreno.
The Argentine master lost the last four games of Barca, with a fractured arm sustained last month against Seville.
But he returned to training last week and was with the Barca crew traveling for the trip to Italy, suggesting he was in controversy for an early return from the injury.
The 31-year-old was finally leaving the team, and Ernesto Valverde argues that the Catalan club did not want to take the captain's risk at San Siro.
One point was enough for Barca to enter European knockout rounds after Malcom's first goal for the club was canceled by Interalist Mauro Icardi.
And, despite the frustration of denying his late victory, Moreno welcomed Barca's dominance – with 65 percent in possession and finishing almost double the number of Inter's passes without Messi.
"We are still there and do not forget who is not there," Moreno told ESPN FC, discussing the credentials of the Barca Champions League with this mandate against Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus.
"So Messi looks at the stands and you're like," Man, that's the performance I'm putting in … "
"[This was] Against an Inter team, which a lot of people liked this year, because their performance in Serie A was great, Icardi is great, this guy and this guy.
"Barcelona entered Milan and beat the ball around Inter.
"If it had not been for an afternoon in which Luis Suarez was not in the best way, it would have been out of hand early on."
The boat was good everywhere and, despite the lack of the three points, Valverde was pleased with his presentation.
He said: "We will have to make sure we get the first place in the next two games.
"This was our first goal, but we are going home happily. Malcom has been very successful and we are very happy for him, of course.
"It was a moment in the first half when it seemed that the game could end in the end and suffer.
"We have to read everything very well We are a team playing together and finding space Problems can always arise but I played well and it was a game that had everything.
"The goal is always to raise three points. We always want the ball and we have the control of the game."
Messi may return when Barca faces Real Betis on Sunday (3.15pm UK time).