With such achievements, a superb crowd, and a mouthwatering team up their sleeves it seemed as if Barcelona were up for a treat in South Africa.
The wait is finally over after FC Barcelona confirmed last night that Argentina superstar Lionel Messi and Uruguay marksman Luis Suarez will face Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday night.
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Messi's substitution had the crowd cheering as they got to witness the global football star in action.
The friendly game was arranged to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, with Valverde continuing: "For us it's an honour that we've been invited for such a celebration".
However, other than a bust of the former South African president serving as a trophy, handed to Barcelona skipper Andres Iniesta afterwards, there was little reference to the statesman as Messi fever took hold.More news: Skull and Bones delayed until at least April 2019
Caf announced the change in date for the Group C game against Guinea's Horoya, saying it followed "a cordial agreement between the two clubs". He said after the match that they have paid their school fees.
The match will now be play in Conakry on 22 May. Barcelona fielded two completely different lineups in each half.
Ousmane Dembele and Andre Gomes also scored for the Spanish champions before Sibusiso Vilakazi replied for the hosts at Soccer City, near Johannesburg.More news: RUMOR: Plot and Director Set for OBI-WAN Solo Film?
Although Mamelodi Sundowns gave a good fight, the Spanish champions dominated the game from kick-off scoring two goals in the first twenty minutes, beating SA'S Sundowns 3-1. Messi and his team players later made their way to the scene of Spain's World Cup triumph in 2010.