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Gallery: Messi, Iniesta & Dembele Light Up FNB Stadium

Gallery: FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta & Ousmane Dembele Light Up FNB Stadium

By Kurt Buckerfield - May 17, 2018 07:25 AM @KurtLaduma

FC Barcelona took on Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup at FNB Stadium on Wednesday, and superstars Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Ousmane Dembele had the South African crowd on their feet!

Tired of reading? Click through the gallery above to see the best pictures from the friendly between Downs and Barca on Wednesday evening!

Manager Ernesto Valverde named a strong starting XI for the Catalan club's 3-1 win over Masandawana on Wednesday, an event that celebrated late South African icon Nelson Mandela.

Despite Messi starting from the bench, the supporters were treated to a fine showing of skill and professionalism from a star-studded Barca, with the likes of Iniesta and Dembele wowing the crowd from the first minute.

The young Frenchman got his side off to the perfect start when Downs defender Bangaly Soumahoro gifted him the ball in a dangerous area. The winger put his side ahead just three minutes into the match, while Luis Suarez made it 2-0 just before the 20-minute mark.

Andre Gomes scored the Catalans' third goal in the second half, while former Bidvest Wits star Sibusiso Vilakazi pulled one back for the hosts just after the highly-anticipated introduction of Messi.

The crowd called for Valverde to bring the Argentine on straight after half-time, but the 30-year-old only came on with around 20 minutes to go until the end of the match.

Messi's class was immediately appreciated by the expecting fans, and every touch of his was cheered. Not long after coming on, the forward unleashed an uncharacteristically venomous strike from distance, striking through the ball with his laces, perhaps just to please the packed stadium.

After the clash, Downs players and their staff rushed to take photos with the Blaugrana stars, and of course, the Argentine was quickly surrounded.

Messi Makes Big Claim On Barca Future

It was certainly a night to remember for those South African supporters who made the effort to watch the game at the stadium. It was a night that did not fail to live up to expectations.

What was your favourite moment or play of the night? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Matayitayi Joined: 24 Jan 2014
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Matayitayi May 17, 2018 11:43 AM
I support both teams then i wish Dembele stays at Barca next season ,he is getting there .
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Thobz10 Joined: 12 Feb 2016
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Thobz10 May 17, 2018 11:36 AM
Lets blame Sundowns whilst our Orlando Pirates will organise us friendlies against mvela teams or some unkown teams from Zimbabwe mxm. Sundowns deserve everything they've achieved. Pirates and Chiefs should take some lessons
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Soni_JX May 17, 2018 10:02 AM
Pitso is the one siss-messi groupie that light up the screens of our TV sets
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Soni_JX May 17, 2018 10:02 AM
Pitso is the one siss-messi groupie that light up the screens of our TV sets
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Madredz Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Madredz May 17, 2018 08:48 AM
Even Vilakazi light up fnb stadium. Why are you jealous editor? You are exposing your favouritism to certain donkeys. I wont mention names. Welldone Villa...from a Bhakhaniya fan number 1.
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Madredz Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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Madredz May 17, 2018 08:43 AM
Breaking News: Ousmane Dembele was born in Venda and moved to France with his Parents while still young. His Grandparents are my neighbours. Dembele.
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Maclane May 17, 2018 08:05 AM
Soccer redefined. It was a "messi" match between Barcelona nd MMS
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barca-baccaneers May 17, 2018 07:50 AM
that malian Ousmane dembs dambuza Dembele had cracker goal and Sundowns were thought how to press a build up make a simply goal even Gomez wanted to teach them some lessons not ever to invite Barca in the freezing staydium like FNB never ever Madrid when they gonna play Barcelona they need a week & 1/2 to rest their best players so Sundowns invited barca with their league celebration mood look they did not even rest a day after 13hours flight land play and leave I hav heared Ronaldo was in Morrocco to his boy friend
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Pirates_999 May 17, 2018 07:49 AM
The game was beautiful and I really enjoyed it, but I just can't stop laughing at Tshabalala who went to the Airport after the game just to take selfies with Barcows
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jujunation May 17, 2018 07:40 AM
Football is beautiful
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Pep G junior Joined: 26 Dec 2017
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Pep G junior May 17, 2018 07:37 AM
Did u see the phones lighting up the stadium when Messi came on

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