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PSV travel to the Nou Camp in the Champions League tomorrow night and it could well be a very special evening for winger Steven Bergwijn.
10 years ago, Bergwijn made the trip to Barcelona to watch the mighty Blaugrana take on Levante in a 5-1 victory. He ended up staying in the same hotel as Frank Rijkaard's Barca squad - including the one and only Lionel Messi.
The Argentine ace was still up and coming at the time, yet to fully get in the groove and hit his incredible heights. Still, young Bergwijn managed to get two pictures with the future five-time Ballon d'Or in the computer room.
10 years ago, this little Dutch kid stayed at the same Hotel as THAT team from Barcelona and a few photos were taken.
In a couple of days they're on the same pitch.
Keep an eye out for #PSV's in-form winger Steven Bergwijn (middle) vs Messi. pic.twitter.com/tknAGKwfT1
- Charity FC (@MarcelinNZ) September 17, 2018
:back: [Dutch Football] ' Ten years ago, Steven Bergwijn met Lionel Messi in a hotel. Tomorrow the PSV winger will line-up against Messi and Barcelona in the Champions League. pic.twitter.com/CP5oCq5eZ5
- BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) September 17, 2018
PSV'er @StevenBergwijn bezocht tien jaar terug een wedstrijd van Barcelona en sliep in hetzelfde hotel als de spelers, waaronder Lionel Messi. Morgen komen ze elkaar weer tegen, in de Champions League. pic.twitter.com/1sq2UfFlHA
- VI (@VI_nl) September 17, 2018
Fast forward to the present day and Bergwijn, now 20, is making a name for himself - scoring a crucial goal in the Champions League play-off victory over BATE Borisov.
And he will now be heading back to the Nou Camp and meeting Messi in a very different capacity.
"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," he 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.
Steven Bergwijn (PSV): "It's quite special for me that I'll be on the same pitch as Messi after all those years."
- Iniesta (@Fahemmessi) September 17, 2018
"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."
If he impresses on his Nou Camp debut, you never know what could be in store for the young lad in the future.
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