Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid will play each other in a one-off pre-season “El Clasico” in Miami in July, organisers confirmed Friday.
The La Liga arch-rivals will meet at the Hard Rock Stadium, the 65,000-seat home of the NFL Miami Dolphins, on July 29.
The match is part of the International Champions Cup, the annual global exhibition series which features clubs from Europe and around the world.
It is the first time Barcelona and Real Madrid have met in North America, organizers said.
“I am thrilled to bring the International Champions Cup back to the city of Miami,” said Dolphins billionaire owner Stephen Ross, whose company bankrolls the tournament.
“The opportunity to showcase two of the most storied clubs in the history of the sport is why we created this tournament.”
Real Madrid is returning to play in the tournament for the fifth time while Barcelona is making its third appearance in the competition.
A statement said the Hard Rock Stadium would host an additional game on July 26. Further details will be released later this month.
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1) LIONEL MESSI (BARCELONA) – 8.5
Leo Messi was at his utmost best against Celta Vigo, scoring twice and providing two assists in Barcelona’s resounding 5-0 victory.
Brilliant solo run & a long range finish from Lionel Messi to kick start Barcelona goal feast against Celta Vigo. https://t.co/kHNiFBYsKK— Sivan John (@SivanJohn) March 5, 2017
2) NEYMAR (BARCELONA) – 8.4
The Brazilian kept Celta Vigo’s defenders worried throughout, making some spectacular runs and dribbles down the flank.
Neymar scored with a magnificent finish, chipping the ball over a stranded Sergio Alvarez to slot in Barcelona’s second.
3) KARIM BENZEMA (REAL MADRID) – 8.2
In the absence of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, it was Karim Benzema who stepped-up to bag a brace against Eibar.
One of the most intelligent players on the field, the Frenchman often makes the sublime seem simple.
4) ANTOINE GRIEZMANN (ATLETICO MADRID) – 7.7
Antoine Griezmann is every manager’s dream at the moment. The French international has been in sensational form, playing a direct hand in seven goals in his last six appearances for Diego Simeone’s men.
5) JAMES RODRIGUEZ (REAL MADRID) – 7.6
James Rodriguez produced an outstanding display against Eibar, providing an assist for Benzema to slot in Real Madrid’s second goal.
James then got on the score-sheet when Benzema flicked the ball in from the right flank to allow the Colombian to nip in from close range.
Gran juego en equipo, siempre unidos. pic.twitter.com/HS8XrmHajn— James Rodríguez (@jamesdrodriguez) March 4, 2017
Antoine Griezmann has been in sensational form for Atletico Madrid this season, scoring 12 goals in 25 games.
Against Valencia on Sunday, the 25-year-old continued to present himself effectively in attack, scoring two goals in a comprehensive 3-0 win at the Vicente Calderon.
And according to our friends at WhoScored.com, Griezmann has now had a direct hand in 7 goals in his last 6 appearances for Diego Simeone’s men.
No wonder he’s been attracting offers from Manchester United…
Antoine Griezmann: Has now had a direct hand in 7 goals in his last 6 apps for Atletico Madrid (5 goals, 2 assists) #atletivalencia— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 5, 2017