The Catalans edged past the Dutch side with a 2-1 win. Messi and Gerard Pique were both on the score sheet to seal another three points.
Dembele impressed, despite his apparently fractured relationship with Ernesto Valverde.
Speaking after the clash, Messi said:
“He played a great game Ousmane, like the whole team.
“We won and we’re going with the goal accomplished.”
Issues with Dembele escalated over the international break.
His representatives reportedly held talks with Barca bigwigs regarding his ongoing issues in Catalonia.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been linked with a swoop as uncertainty abounds.
Dembele was drafted in to replace Neymar in 2017 but he’s had a complicated Nou Camp career to date.
Valverde dropped Dembele from his match-day squad for Barca’s recent clash with Real Betis on November 10.
The France star missed training with a stomach bug although reports suggested he had fallen out with Valverde.
Despite rumours of a rift between player and manager, his form has been solid. The attacker has netted six goals and chipped in with two assists in all competitions.
Dembele’s agent – Moussa Sissoko – has emphatically denied claims his client is looking for a move. “There is no doubt about his future at all,” Sissoko said.
“Ousmane continues to work, he is in a big club and Valverde loves him, and he is also in the national team and (Didier) Deschamps continues to trust him.” Messi’s goal made it 106 in the Champions League.
That means he now has one more than arch rival Cristiano Ronaldo. The Argentina international said he was delighted to hit the milestone.
“I am very happy for that statistic and happy for the result we have achieved,” he said.