Will local soccer fans witness the magic of Messi?
Barcelona are yet to confirm their squad for the Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup at FNB Stadium
Is Lionel Messi coming to SA or is he not? That is the big question ahead of Wednesday’s friendly between Mamelodi Sundowns and Barcelona. Barcelona are yet to confirm their squad for the Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup at FNB Stadium, but indications are that their Argentinean superstar will make the trip to SA. The teams have not given a definitive answer to questions about Messi’s availability for this clash but he is expected to play some part in a match that has been listed by Barcelona as part of their training schedule for the week. It also does not help that Sundowns officials are reluctant to even mention Messi’s name in the build-up to the friendly. "Barcelona have agreed to bring their best possible squad for this match‚" Sundowns spokesman Thulani Thuswa said on Tuesday. Insiders at the club said Messi is part of the package that was agreed to during the negotiations for the match and he will be in SA with superstars such as Samuel Umtiti, Philippe Coutinho‚ Ousmane Dembélé...