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

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

A South African fan jumped the fence at FNB Stadium to get a once in a lifetime opportunity to touch Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse did not waste any time in swapping shirts with Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi. When they scored the first goal in the first minute, we started to ask: "'How many goals were coming?'" he said.

"I am so happy with my boys because they always tried to play football the way I want them to - building from the back".

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.

Sundowns conceded after just three minutes after a sloppy clearance from Bangaly Soumahoro fell to Ousmane Dembele, who blasted into the top corner.

Between the goals, Sundowns' star attacker Percy Tau had two chances, but his chip was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen and he fired a close-range free-kick over.

Luis Suarez doubled their lead with a well-taken finish through the legs of Denis Onyango.

Meanwhile, Sibusiso Vilakazi's goal ensured the hosts registered a goal to make it 3-1in a lively friendly in the South African capital, which was said to have earned a neat 3 million euros for the Catalans.

Valverde made 10 changes during half-time, but Messi was not among those introduced, leading the crowd to repeatedly chant "Messi, Messi, Messi".

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