PSV Eindhoven boss Mark van Bommel has called on his side to remain focused on a ‘positive result’ against Barcelona and not facing Lionel Messi.
The Dutchman, a former teammates of Messi’s at the Camp Nou, was asked if he was concerned that a raft of his players would ask to swap shirts with the Barca forward.
“If a player asks for Lionel Messi’s shirt, that is not strictly a matter for me,” Van Bommel told reporters.
“If we can get a positive result from the match then everyone can fight for that shirt.
“Part of being a professional is being extra focused and each time doing what is correct as a footballer.
“I do not like when someone asks for the shirt during half time, whether it’s for the best player in the world or not, I can understand the question, but not during half time.
“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.
“For me, he is always the best in the world even when he does not win the Golden Ball.”