Steven Bergwijn, a rising star for Eredivisie kings PSV Eindhoven, is set to come up against Lionel Messi at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night, 10 years after he posed for photos with the Barcelona ace as a child.
In 2008, 10-year-old Bergwijn and his family made the trip to Spain to watch Barcelona beat Levante 5-1 in a La Liga clash, and they stayed in the same hotel as the Catalan giants.
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Bergwijn was just a child when he met a 21-year-old Messi, who was just beginning to come into his full powers as one of the world’s finest footballers. Tonight, the pair will go head-to-head in a UEFA Champions League clash.
“I still remember the 5-1 against Levante, That was the team of Frank Rijkaard with Xavi, Iniesta, Ronaldinho, Eto'o and of course Messi who had just broken through,” Bergwijn reflected on his past visit.
“We slept in the same hotel as the players. There was a computer room where my brother and I played games and the players went on the internet.
“We talked with them and we took photos with them. Also with Messi. It's very special that a decade later, I am likely to be on the pitch with him.”
PSV come into the match in fine form following a 7-0 thrashing of ADO Den Haag in the Eredivisie this past weekend, while Barcelona retained their 100 percent record in La Liga with a 2-1 away victory over Real Sociedad.