Messi and FC Barcelona heavy-weights in SA

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Fans flocked to OR Tambo International to welcome the Catalan giants to Mzansi, and cheers of "Messi!" They beat Sundowns 2-1 in their previous encounter in 2007. Let us know in the comments section below.

"The last time Barcelona were in SA to play against Sundowns [2007]‚ Ronaldinho was here and he was the biggest star in the world at that time‚" said an insider.

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

Barca's stay on the continent will only be a brief one, though, with one last league game calling them against Real Sociedad as they look to close out their season in style at the Nou Camp four days after the Mandela Cup.

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Mandela, who was born on July 18, 1918, served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

He died in December 2013 at 95, and Barcelona wore black armbands during a Copa del Rey game against Cartagena in his memory.

Ernesto Valverde's side clinched a 25th Liga title on April 29 and the King's Cup on April 21 but failed to make history as the first team since 1933 to complete a Spanish top-flight season without losing a game.

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