The Barcelona contingent has arrived in South Africa ahead of their friendly tie against Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
When the team touched down at the airport, several fans were seen chanting Lionel Messi’s name as they strolled through the waiting area.
The five time Ballon-D’or winner waved back to the jubilant crowd as we was whisked away from any contact with them by the security personnel.
— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) May 16, 2018
The Spanish champions had a light training at home before embarking on the journey the south of the African continent.
The exhibition match is aimed at celebrating what would have been the iconic Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday.
— FC Barcelona 🏆🏆 (@FCBarcelona) May 16, 2018
The winner will claim the Mandela Centenary Cup, which forms part of the celebrations of the life of Nelson Mandela in 2018.
This is Barcelona’s second visit to South Africa.
The last time they were in the country was 2007 for a friendly in Pretoria, also against the Mamelodi Sundowns.
The Catalans won that game 2-1 with goals from Santi Ezquerro and Marc Crosas.