Barcelona in South Africa for Mamelodi Sundowns Friendly

Lionel Messi made a late appearance as a substitute in Soweto

Spanish football giants Barcelona arrived in South Africa to play in the Mandela Centenary Cup tonight, causing huge excitement among fans who hope to see superstars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in action.

Enjoy all the Twitter reaction from South African fans, looking forward to Mamelodi Sundowns hosting Barcelona on Wednesday night.

A security operation will be mounted in and around FNB Stadium to ensure a safe atmosphere when the venue hosts the high-profile global club friendly between Mamelodi Sundowns and Spanish powerhouses Barcelona on Wednesday night.

Mandela represented the struggle for freedom and equality in the country, and played a huge role in unifying the racially divided society.

Barcelona take on Mamelodi Sundowns in a friendly clash as part of the events to commemorate what would have been Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday.

The Blaugrana come to South Africa to honour the friendly on the back of a shock 5-4 defeat to Levante in LaLiga over the weekend, which was their first loss of the 2017/18 league campaign. Their final game is at home to Real Sociedad on May 20.

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