On the Champions League clash he added, "For me, it is very special to be here". Stopping the five-time Ballon d'Or victor from working his way past defenders is one challenge - and it's a big one - but his influence on other footballers is undeniable.
"Barcelona's interest during the summer?" And this surprising statistic has left many scratching their heads including Brazilian playmaker Coutinho, who could not explain Messi's drought in the Champions League.
"It's a dream come true [to play against him]", he said. "I dream of one day playing at Barça, but for now I think only of PSV".
"Thanks to God I'm able to".
"I don't care who gets his shirt after the game", he said. I had a number of posters on my bedroom wall growing up, one of them was a Barcelona poster. It's a match against a great team with a great stadium and really good players. "I am going to enjoy it".
Despite leading the Catalans to a league and cup double last season, though, the forward has been overlooked for a string of individual awards in recent months.
Barcelona will be back in UEFA Champions League action on Tuesday night, commencing with their comfortable outing against Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven at the Camp Nou.
Indeed, Van Bommel has ordered them not to request Messi's shirt during the game.
"That is part of being a professional, to always be concentrating".
"My agent told me that Barca asked about me and it would be a dream to play there in the future".
Briefly teammates with Messi at Barcelona between 2005-06, Van Bommel didn't hold back in Monday's news conference. "I have to do my best to try and help us win", the Mexican winger insisted.