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PSV's Steven Bergwijn Met Lionel Messi In 2008, He'll Come Up Against Him Tomorrow

PSV's Steven Bergwijn Met Lionel Messi In 2008, He'll Come Up Against Him Tomorrow

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.

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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.

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Image: PA
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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.

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"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.

Topics: Football News, PSV, FC Barcelona, Football, Lionel Messi

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.