Razak Brimah Shares Selfie With Lionel Messi

Razak Brimah Shares Selfie With Lionel Messi

Messi and his team players later made their way to the scene of Spain's World Cup triumph in 2010.

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".

Messi had been struck down by a bout of flu and only came on for the final 20 minutes; his appearance preceded by chants for him to be brought on, with a roof-lifting roar following when he got off the bench to warm up.

Barcelona plays its last game of the Spanish season on Sunday against Real Sociedad, Iniesta's farewell after 22 years at the Catalan club.

Loud cheers could be heard as manager Ernesto Valverde led stars such as Lionel Messi‚ Gerard Piqué‚ Iniesta‚ Luis Suárez‚ Jordi Alba‚ Philippe Coutinho‚ Ousmane Dembélé and goalkeeper Ter Stegen through the terminals. Gomes added the third in the 66th.

Barcelona fielded separate teams in either half, having arrived in Johannesburg after an overnight flight on a charter jet in the morning and departing again directly after the game.

Although clearly second best, the 2016 African champions never lost heart and were rewarded when Vilakazi scored on 76 minutes as Barcelona appealed for offside.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see Messi in action against Downs!

Messi who was rested in the Barcelona's previous La Liga fixture took to the field much to the excitement of the South African supporters.

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