- Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse wasted no time in his mission to swap shirts with Lionel Messi
- Once the final whistle blew Arendse made sure he received the most wanted shirt in the country by hustling Messi into a shirt swap
- Messi’s Barcelona side won the Mandela Centenary Cup by beating Mamelodi Sundowns 3 -1 in Johannesburg on Wednesday night.
Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse is the proud new owner of probably the most wanted shirt in South Africa. Arendse wasted no time in swapping shirts with Barcelona FC superstar Lionel Messi.
Once the final whistle blew in the match between Barca and Sundowns, Arendse swooped in on Messing and can be seen hustling the Argentine to swap shirts.
Arendse was seen a short while later wearing a jacket and a clear bulge in the jacket. The defender clearly was not taking any chances with his hard-won prize.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the match did not disappoint the sold-out crowd at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Barcelona fielded a near full-strength team featuring their top stars.
Sport24.co.za reported that soccer lovers were treated to a four-goal extravaganza as the Spanish side showed its class and beat the PSL champions 3-1.
While Sundowns never really looked like they would deliver an upset victory, the players, coaching staff and their supporters can hold their heads high. The team played well-enough and most certainly did not receive the drubbing some had predicted.
Sundowns played in their trademark fashion and were rewarded for their efforts when Sibusiso Vilakazi scored a consolation goal in the 67th minute.
Ousmane Dembele, Luis Suarez and Andre Gomes thrilled the crowd by hitting the back of the net for Barca.
The real star of the match only made his appearance on the field of play after 70 minutes. When Lionel Messi took to the field the crowd roared as one.
Messi had little real impact on the match, but he is undoubtedly a crowd (and player) favourite in South Africa.
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