The Spanish giants kept their end of the deal in fielding all their star players as they defeated the Absa Premiership champions in a Mandela Centenary Cup match on Wednesday.
Ousmane Dembele and Luis Suarez had Barcelona 2-0 up at the break before Andre Gomes made it 3-0.
"We came to play football and to honour Nelson Mandela, someone who was very close to the hearts of all Spaniards". Two minutes into the first half Barcelona proved why their trophy cabinet has relatively all the silverware from local to regional to global tournaments as Ousmane Dembele opened up for the LaLiga champions courtesy of a mistake that the Sundowns defense made. "If it were to happen it would be great for a lot of people", Tau said. Sibusiso Vilakazi pulled back a consolation goal with 15 minutes to go for the South African league winners. It wasn't long before Valverde introduced sensational striker Lionel Messi into the lovely game much to the thrill of the crowd. The second half started pretty much the same as the first half with Barcelona's coach Ernesto Valverde changing most of his players.
"The match was originally fixed for Tuesday, 15 May 2018 but was postponed at the request of Mamelodi Sundowns", it said.
The hastily arranged friendly match, which earned Barcelona three million euros from billionaire Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe, was ostensibly to mark 100 years since the birth of Mandela.