Arguably the world's greatest club soccer rivalry is headed to American soil for one night only.
Palm trees swayed against the bright blue sky, women in bikinis paraded past the Fontainebleau Hotel poolside stage, and celebrities ranging from Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to Dolphins Hall of Famer Dan Marino to rapper FloRida hobnobbed with soccer legends Roberto Carlos and Hristo Stoichkov. Tickets, which go on sale next week, will start around $125, according to sources, and lower-bowl center seats will likely go for upwards of $500.
"When they come to play a game, there's nothing friendly about it", ICC co-founder and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross said.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have met only once in previous history outside Spain: a match in 1982 in Venezuela - a 1-0 win for Real courtesy of a Vicente del Bosque goal.
The rivals meet each season several times in what is dubbed "El Clasico", with Barcelona holding a slight 109-97 edge over their rivals with 59 draws in their 265 total meetings. The location makes flawless sense for a match like this.
The Portuguese global has been a reliable and constant strength at the back (aside from when he misses games through suspension.) but after missing training with the team on Thursday for a gym session alongside Fabio Coentrao, he joined training with first team on Friday, report Marca.