Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Ernesto Valverde explains Lionel Messi cameo and Barcelona's South Africa inspiration

Barcelona bigwigs ready to upset Lionel Messi with Luis Suarez sale - Spanish press Messi and Barcelona teammates beat Sundowns to win Mandela Trophy
Lucia Summers | 18 May, 2018, 10:55

The hastily arranged friendly match, which earned Barcelona three million euros from billionaire Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe, was ostensibly to mark 100 years since the birth of Mandela.

Barcelona showed their class as they raced into a 3-0 lead through goals from Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez and Andre Gomes.

Lionel Messi didn't start but drew a roar from the crowd as big as any other on the night when he got up off the bench and started to warm up 20 minutes into the second half.

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse did not waste any time in swapping shirts with Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi.

"It is a pleasure to be in South Africa and I believe this huge crowd thoroughly enjoyed what both sides produced". Although on paper Barcelona where seemingly the favorites Sundowns seemed very much equipped for them.

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"I am so happy with my boys because they always tried to play football the way I want them to - building from the back". The last time the two teams met in 2007 Sundowns succumbed to a 2 - 1 defeat but this year they were hoping to turn the tables around with their impressive championship cabinet to this present day in which they are now the reigning ABSA Premiership champions. "If it were to happen it would be great for a lot of people", Tau said.

Denis Suarez rattled the woodwork with a header as Barcelona constantly threatened and turned over two goals ahead.

Although clearly second best, the 2016 African champions never lost heart and were rewarded when Vilakazi scored on 76 minutes as Barcelona appealed for offside. It wasn't long before Valverde introduced sensational striker Lionel Messi into the handsome game much to the thrill of the crowd.

There were nearly wholesome changes for the Barcelona in the second half as they continued to dominate the former Caf Champions League winners and a third goal arrived in the 66 minute.

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