Yes, that's Leo Messi for real in the flesh. Many fans had to see it for real to believe it. Messi is here to play against Sundowns, and so are all the Barca stars.
SA fans are looking forward to catch a glimpse of Phil Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta. Many of the Barcelona stars have already played in South Africa before, and that was during the 2010 Fifa World Cup which Spain won.
So, many of Barca's players mostly have fond memories of the country. You can watch videos of the player's arrival and enjoy the social media reaction here.
Friendly? thought it was the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup? https://t.co/qhb0k2QMRx— DiskiStyle (@DiskiStyle) May 16, 2018
Suarez's back in (South) Africa and FNB Stadium/Soccer City since this happened? I'm still reeling... from a missed penalty too. #FIFAWorldCup #SundownsBarça @Karabo_Mokwele @ashanica @nealcol pic.twitter.com/qb9Tagr0Vc— Tshepho J. Mokwele (@Tshepho_Mokwele) May 15, 2018
I will be supporting Sundowns because I’m a patriot 🇿🇦 but no one’s allowed to tackle Messi please. Mans gotta play in the World Cup. #SundownsBarça— Karabo Mokgoko (@Karabo_Mokgoko) May 15, 2018
So Messi is going South Africa, I just hope those boys don't use the anger of not qualifying for World cup To break his leg and make him ineligible. I just pray so #SundownsBarca— ↖ (@ERNESTHDGAMER) May 15, 2018