"For me, Messi's the best player in the world, easily. He's one of a kind," Stones said. "I think we, as footballers, appreciate it even more when you come up against him and see what he can really do.
"Watching Barcelona as a kid, they're a massive team, with top players, a great stadium, and it will be big occasion for me, my family and the club.
"It was Messi himself and the style they play that I liked. Obviously, the gaffer [Pep Guardiola] used to work there and I was a big fan when he was there and the players he had."