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Sep 18, 2018 at 5.55pm UK at ​Camp Nou
Attendance: 73,462
Barcelona
4-0
PSVPSV Eindhoven
Messi (32', 77', 87'), Dembele (75')
Umtiti (79')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Timeline
(Tripping) N. Viergever        30'
32'     L. Messi
55'     S. Umtiti (Unsportsmanlike cond)
(Holding) L. de Jong        57'
(N. Viergever) N. Isimat-Mirin        67'
75'     O. Dembele
77'     L. Messi (I. Rakitic)
(S. Bergwijn) D. Malen        78'
79'     S. Umtiti (Roughing)
81'     C. Lenglet (Coutinho)
(P. Rosario) E. Gutierrez        82'
83'     Arthur (O. Dembele)
85'     A. Vidal (I. Rakitic)
87'     L. Messi (L. Suarez)

Mark van Bommel: 'Lionel Messi always the best'

Van Bommel: 'Messi always the best'
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PSV Eindhoven boss Mark van Bommel claims that Barcelona forward Lionel Messi "is always the best in the world".

PSV Eindhoven boss Mark van Bommel has claimed that Lionel Messi "is always the best in the world" regardless of whether the Barcelona forward does not win a particular award.

Van Bommel played with Messi at Barcelona during the 2005-06 campaign but will be in the dugout on Tuesday when he takes his PSV team to Camp Nou in the group stages of the Champions League.

Former midfielder Van Bommel has said that Messi "was destined for greatness" from an early stage.

"I only played with Leo when he made his Barca debut in 2005 but even by then, you could tell that he was destined for greatness," Van Bommel told reporters. "For me, he is always the best in the world even when he does not win the Golden Ball."

Messi has scored four times and registered three assists in five appearances for Barcelona this season.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona953123111218
2Espanyol9522137617
3AlavesAlaves9522128417
4Sevilla95132012816
5Atletico MadridAtletico9441105516
6Real Valladolid943286215
7Real Madrid9423139414
8Levante94141415-113
9Real Sociedad93331211112
10Getafe933388012
11Real Betis933357-212
12EibarEibar93241013-311
13Celta Vigo92431313010
14Valencia917178-110
15GironaGirona92431013-310
16Villarreal923478-19
17Athletic Bilbao81521014-48
18Leganes9225813-58
19Rayo Vallecano8125817-95
20Huesca9126720-135

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