Messi meeting gave Barcelona new boy Mina goosebumps

Messi meeting gave Barcelona new boy Mina goosebumps

The Palmeiras defender is on the brink of completing his transfer to the Nou Camp. Also, the 23-year-old center-half will now become the first Colombian to play for Barcelona and his unveiling was indeed a memorable one.

The Catalan giants announced an €11.8 million deal to bring Mina from Palmeiras on Thursday, the Colombia global putting pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year contract.

MADRID (AP) - Newly signed Barcelona defender Yerry Mina took off his shoes and socks before stepping onto the field at Camp Nou Stadium during his official introduction to fans on Saturday.

"I am very happy to be fulfilling a dream for which I have always worked and fought".

"For me, he [Messi] is the best in the world".

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"There is a saying in my country that says, 'Touch the land you want to conquer with the sole of your feet.' And here I want to make history with everyone".

Mina will provide defensive cover for the likes of Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti, while replacing Javier Mascherano who's set to leave the club with a move to the Chinese Super League heavily muted.

Mina's contract is valid until June 2023 and has a buyout clause of 100 million euros ($119 million). The deal is said to be so under the radar that not even Lionel Messi has a clue who the player will be. Just in case if you don't know, the Colombian used the same ritual at the time he was unveiled as a Palmeiras player back in May 2016.

"I always try to express what I feel while I'm on the field", he said. "I'll adapt to what the group wants to do".

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