Your Guide To The Sundowns Vs Barcelona Match At FNB Stadium

Nellie Chapman
May 17, 2018

Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates touched down in South Africa on Wednesday morning, stoking excitement across the country's football fraternity ahead of a friendly match against Mamelodi Sundowns.

The La Liga champions will travel to South Africa the day before the game, which will be played at FNB Stadium, and play for the Mandela Centenary Cup, Barcelona said in a statement.

Security was high at the airport as they were shepherded into their transport and headed for their hotel.

Tonight's match is part of celebrations to mark 100 years since the birth of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

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Mandela, South Africa's first black president, died in December 2013 at the age of 95.

Barcelona had already wrapped up the league title, but they were on course for an achievement rarely seen in the modern game and never in a 38-game La Liga season.

This will be the second time in a decade that Barca plays Sundowns.

Ernesto Valverde had been criticised for resting players from the thrilling 5-4 defeat to Levante that saw Barca's unbeaten LaLiga season come undone in the penultimate match of the season.

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