WATCH | Messi finally arrives in SA with his Barcelona colleagues
FC Barcelona have touched down at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg for their hugely anticipated Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup encounter against Mamelodi Sundowns at FNB Stadium on Wednesday (6pm).
The Catalans were supposed to land around 6am but only touched down in South Africa after 8am following a delay of their long haul flight from Barcelona leaving fans and a huge contingent of local media waiting.
Manager Ernesto Valverde led an array of superstars like Lionel Messi‚ Gerard Piqué‚ Iniesta‚ Luis Suárez‚ Jordi Alba‚ Philippe Coutinho‚ Ousmane Dembélé and goalkeeper Ter Stegen through the terminals to loud cheers.
They headed straight to their bus under heavy security and police guard and without speaking to the media with the contingent only smiling at the cameras and waving to the crowd who came to see them.
They will take a break at their hotel for a few hours before making their way to the scene of Spain’s World Cup triumph in 2010‚ where Iniesta scored the winning goal against Netherlands in the final‚ for the match against Sundowns tonight.