Barcelona in South Africa for friendly

Wednesday May 16 2018

Barcelona Football Club's Lionel Messi (L) and

Barcelona Football Club's Lionel Messi (L) and Luis Suarez (R) arrive alongside their teammates at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on May 16, 2018. Barcelona were set to face Mamelodi Sundowns for the Nelson Mandela Centenary Cup match at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. PHOTO | AFP 

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The Barcelona squad including legend Lionel Messi have landed in South Africa.

Barcelona were scheduled to play South Africa's Mamelodi Sundowns later on Wednesday.

South African press have been reporting that Sundowns' owner and mining magnate Patrice Motsepe allegedly paid Barcelona $3.5m to make the trip.

Meanwhile, Messi's arrival turned into a meme factory on Twitter:

Some wondered whether Sundowns had a chance of beating Messi, let alone Barcelona.

"There might even be a case of mixed loyalties," one fan mused: