Messi and Ronaldo to meet in Miami as El Clasico heads stateside this summer

The two biggest clubs in world football will go head-to-head in Miami this summer, with Real Madrid and Barcelona gearing up for just the second ever El Clasico to be played outside of Spain.

Some of the game’s biggest stars – including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – are expected to be on show as the Spanish giants prepare to face off in the 2017 International Champions Cup series. The game will be played on Saturday July 29 in front of over 60,000 people at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium.

It will be the first time El Clasico has ever been played on American soil and will be just the second time the rivalry has been played outside of Spain, with the only previous meeting abroad coming 35 years ago in Venezuela.

Barcelona will have their famous MSN trio of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar at their disposal, while Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to make the game, despite his involvement in the Confederations Cup in Russia a month before.

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It’s another huge boost for an ever-growing soccer audience in the USA and particularly for Miami, considering the continuous troubles with the attempts to get David Beckham’s MLS Expansion Franchise off the ground.

It would be an incredible day to announce that Miami is finally set to get an MLS team, but we’ll try not to get too ahead of ourselves on that one.

However, it is highly likely that either Barcelona or Real Madrid will be the opponent for the 2017 MLS All-Star match, which is set to take place in Chicago just four days after the game in Miami.

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PHOTOS: Exclusive images from Manchester United’s win against Barcelona in California

Manchester United kept their 100% record on their US tour going by beating FC Barcelona 3-1 in front of 68,414 fans at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Saturday night.

Louis Van Gaal will have been delighted with the performance and result as his team put on their best display yet, following a 1-0 win over Club America and a 3-1 victory against San Jose Earthquakes prior to Saturday’s match.

Wayne Rooney, Jesse Lingard and Adnan Januzaj were all on target for the Red Devils, while Rafinha netted for Barcelona.

United play their last preseason game of their US tour against Paris Saint-Germain in Chicago on Wednesday night before returning home in time for the Premier League season opener against Tottenham on August 8.

Check out our exclusive photos from the game in California below, courtesy of our North American photographer Denise McCooey.

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