Closed practice ahead of El Clasico disappoints fans

Fans lined up hours Thursday to see their favorite soccer team rolled up in Miami.

"This is probably the only opportunity we'll ever get to see them," Fernando Denis said.

FC Barcelona, which boasts some of the best soccer players in the world, proudly announced their arrival in Miami online. And hours later the team showed up for a practice match at Barry University-- which was closed to the public.

"We came here with a purpose to meet them and we get here and they telling us 'Oh you can't get in.' It's disappointing," Frank Rodriguez said.

Neymar de Silva Santos Jr.  the team's popular forward, suited up despite rumors that he's on the verge of leaving the team.

But all eyes were on Lionel Messi, who is arguably the biggest name in the world of soccer.

Kicking around the soccer ball ahead of the much anticipated El Clasico match at Hard Rock Stadium were tickets range from $250  into the thousands to see FC Barcelona take on rival Real Madrid.

"It's a little pricey for us," Rodriguez said.

So watching the  practice games and waiting for players to arrive is as good as it gets for now. 

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