Friday, August 14

Barcelona book China date

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BEIJING: European champions Barcelona and their superstar forward Lionel Messi would play China’s Super League winners Beijing Guoan at Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in August, state press said yesterday.“Barcelona’s Beijing match is basically set for Aug 8 in the Bird’s Nest,” the Beijing Youth Daily quoted promoter Xia Haifeng as saying.

“They will be bringing their top line-up. This is stipulated (in the contract).”

Xia said that 30 per cent of Barcelona’s appearance fee had already been paid, although he did not specify the amount involved.

Messi, widely hailed as the best player in the world, is just one of the draws in the star studded line-up of the Spanish giants. — AFP