- The Motsepe Foundation reportedly parted with R105m to make the match happen
- However, Sundowns' owner remained tightlipped about the cost
- The match is part of the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations
The Motsepe Foundation reportedly paid a whopping €7-million (R105m) to convince Spanish champions Barcelona to play South African champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
The match, which is part of the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations, is set for 16 May at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Kickoff is at 18:15pm.
According to Sowetanlive.co.za, Sundowns' owner, billionaire Patrice Motsepe, could not be drawn into revealing the cost during a press conference on 10 May.
Motsepe also declined to confirm which stars in the Barcelona squad are coming for the match, citing a confidentiality clause.
However, Spanish La Liga Africa director, Antonio Barradas, confirmed that Lionel Messi will play.
Earlier reports indicated that Barcelona was reluctant to agree to the match because of possible injury concerns.
Energy Minister, Jeff Radebe, also spoke at the press conference, representing the inter-ministerial overseeing the Nelson Mandela centenary events. He said:
This is going to be a contest between Messi and Percy.
Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa, SAFA boss Danny Jordaan, Nelson Mandela Foundation representative Tokyo Sexwale, and ANC representative Fikile Mbalula were also in attendance.
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