Mamelodi Sundowns defender Wayne Arendse will be keeping tight hold of the jersey he swapped with Lionel Messi after the match at FNB Stadium Wednesday night.

Arendse was seen hiding the precious jersey away after his swap with the football legend.

Messi’s Barcelona beat Sundowns 3-1 at a packed stadium in the Nelson Mandela Centenary Celebrations match.

The Spanish team’s top stars such as Messi, Phillipe Coutinho, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta all took to the field at some point.

Messi only played in the last 20 minutes.

Barca manager Ernesto Valverde, speaking through an interpreter says the Argentinian came on as a late substitute because of flu.

“Messi has had some flu and has been playing a lot of matches lately but we thought it was important for him to show his face for the fans and we decided to bring him on at the end with nothing to lose,” says Valverde.