When it was announced that FC Barcelona will be visiting South Africa to play a friendly match against Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns, it took the football fraternity by surprise.
The fixture has received plenty of mixed reactions, more so following the reports of how much money Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe paid ahead of the clash of the champions. However, there has been no official confirmation on exactly how much was actually paid.
According to Soccer Laduma International, a report from Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claimed Motsepe paid about €3 million (R44.5 million) to make the fixture happen, while local media had reported that the chairman had paid more than double that amount.
Supporters Club member Bucsfever16 shared his views following the opinions of fellow supporters who, as seen on social media, had suggested that Motsepe could have used the money spent to bring the Catalan giants on other things locally.
“I fail to understand why some people find it reasonable to question Mr Motsepe’s decisions on how he uses/spends his money,” he said.
“If all the blame, tongue-lashing directed at Mr Motsepe is based on the respective teams we’re supporting, then I’m afraid a lot still needs to be done to teach us, fans, that rivalry is not about hatred, provoking, mocking and insulting each other.
“We argue in the spirit of good sportsmanship for the love of the game. As a proud South African, I take this opportunity to applaud Mr Motsepe for the effort to invite a team of Barcelona’s magnitude over to grace our South African soil in honour of our icon Nelson Mandela’s centenary celebration.”