European soccer royalty Barcelona and Manchester United head to Australia for blockbuster clash

Some of the best footballers are heading Down Under for their pre-season tours, with some of the game’s biggest ever heading to Australia.

Spanish soccer royalty Barcelona have announced they will travel to Sydney to take on the best of the men’s A-League competition.

FC Barcelona are set to take on the A-Leagues All-Stars at Accor Stadium on May 25 in what will be a blockbuster clash.

The Aussies will be lucky enough to nab Danie Alves, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Frenkie de Jong, with Barca legend Xavi leading the team.

Xavi said: “We are delighted to come to Sydney for the first time and perform in front of all of our Australian fans on May 25.”

While Aubameyang also responded to the ad saying, “G’Day Sydney… Can’t wait to see you guys.”

This will mark the return of the A-Leagues All-Stars who faced Juventus in 2014.

Tourism and Sport Minister Stuart Ayres said: “The FC Barcelona v A-Leagues All Stars match will generate significant international interest and put Australian rules football back in the international spotlight.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to showcase both our domestic professional A-Leagues and our beautiful port city to the world.

“Welcoming this sports star to Sydney will highlight the city’s attractions and world-class calendar of events for football fans around the world, boosting the New South Wales visitor economy on the road to recovery.”

The game will take place a few days before the A-League Grand Final.

The news follows an announcement that Premier League icons Manchester United will travel to Melbourne for their pre-season tour.

The EPL giants made a final tour of Australia in 2019 where they played Perth Glory, winning the match 2-0 in front of a crowd of 50,206 at Optus Stadium.

They will travel to the Melbourne Cricket Ground where they will face Melbourne Victory on July 15.

Four days later they will face their fellow Premier League side royalties Crystal Palace, with the two games expected to attract up to 150,000 fans between them.

The tantalizing prospect of seeing Cristiano Ronaldo in the twilight of his career will be enough to entice Australians to travel across the country to see the Red Devils in action.

Sounds like Australia is the perfect place for European soccer royalty, making for an exciting few months for Aussie rules football fans.

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