Razak Brimah's Mamelodi Sundowns To Host Barcelona In a Friendly Today

The game which takes place at the FNB stadium (formerly the Soccer City Stadium) will form part of the commemoration of the centenary celebration of the life of the country's first black president Nelson Mandela.

Mining magnate Patrice Motsepe, owns the Sundowns and is the fifth-wealthiest South African billionaire, will pay Barcelona £2.6million for making the one-day trip.

There also are fringe players in the squad such as Ousmane Dembele, and Lucas Digne, whom Sundowns reported was briefly held at the South African airport owing to a fever.

Messi had just had his breakthrough season at Barca last time round, netting 17 goals in 36 appearances, but he was still seen as an emerging player and all eyes were on Ronaldinho.

"It is a pleasure to be in South Africa and I believe this huge crowd thoroughly enjoyed what both sides produced".

Barca forward Lionel Messi came off the bench to a standing ovation.

Ronaldinho was instrumental in the Barca victor too, as he laid a pass on for youth academy product Marc Crosas, who buried the ball.

What could be learned from the end-to-end football - mostly in the direction of Denis Onyango in Sundowns' goal‚ but the other way too - was that Downs‚ as they found out at the 2016 Club World Cup‚ do not have a credible defence at this level.

The high-profile global club friendly between Mamelodi Sundowns and Spanish powerhouses FC Barcelona is scheduled for tonight.

"We have spent approximately R900 000 on security as all tickets were sold out by Monday‚" Grobbelaar said.

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