Messi: None of the great European stadiums compare to Celtic

Barcelona superstar is relishing another opportunity of playing at Parkhead this season.

'I’ve been fortunate to play in some great stadiums in Europe with Barcelona but none compare to Celtic,' said Barcelona forward Lionel Messi recently, as quoted by the Scottish Daily Record.

The diminutive attacker, who has returned an astonishing 318 goals from 383 games in all major competitions to date, is a three-time Champions League winner and, during his and Barca's challenges of Europe's premier club competition, he has plied his trade in a number of the continent's most prestigious, historic and most architecturally-distinctive arenas.

Messi has played at Wembley Stadium, Old Trafford, the Allianz Arena, San Siro, Luzhniki Stadium, Athens' Olympic Stadium, Estadio da Luz, the Stade Velodrome and a variety of others but it is the atmosphere generated at Celtic Park that most empassions the 26-year-old.

'The atmosphere their fans create make it a very special European night of football,' said Leo, who hopes to play the Scottish giants on October 1 after the Catalan club were drawn into the Champions League's Group H along with AC Milan and Ajax.

'I’m very excited to play at Celtic again in the group stages. A lot of people say a draw away in Europe is a good result but that is not the Barcelona philosophy.

'We always play to win and try to wherever we play. It’s the most competitive group and we know we can take nothing for granted. It is always important to get off to a good start in the first one or two games because you don’t want to be in the situation where you are chasing.'

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