Cape Town – A report by Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo has revealed the amount SA billionaire Patrice Motsepe paid to get Spanish giants Barcelona to travel to South Africa to face Mamelodi Sundowns.
The La Liga champions thrashed their Absa Premiership opponents 3-1 in their Mandela Centenary Cup match in front of a sold-out crowd at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday night.
It was revealed that it cost Motsepe – who has a net worth of R25.6 billion – just under R45 million (€3 million) to get Barcelona to make the one-day trip to South Africa.
However, some Spanish reports put the figure at an eye-watering R105 million!
This excludes additional costs such as the chartered plane to fly the Barca squad and coaching staff out to South Africa.
Barcelona arrived just after 08:00 on Wednesday morning after a two-hour delay and made their way back to Spain at midnight.
Ernesto Valverde, praised the occasion after the final whistle, saying: "I liked our opponents a lot because of their enthusiasm, it was a very nice match and the atmosphere was fantastic. For us its an honour that weve been invited for such a celebration."
Goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen also thanked the amazing support received during their trip.
"It has been a great experience for us and we are pleased to have won in front of the South African fans. We really liked the atmosphere and I can only say "Thank you for the support. We hope to return soon."