"Meeting Lionel Messi gave me goosebumps" Barcelona new boy reveals all

The 23-year-old has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with Barcelona, and becomes the club's second signing of the January transfer window after the high-profile acquisition of Philippe Coutinho.

The Colombian worldwide joined the Catalan giants from Palmeiras in a deal worth €11.8million.

Speaking to the press shortly after his move, Mina revealed what happened when he finally got to meet Lionel Messi.

"I will be calm and I will try to control my adrenaline", Mina said at his presentation - quoted by Marca.

"Firstly, I just want to learn a lot from the best players in the world", he added.

Barcelona's new Colombian defender Mina waves during his official presentation on Saturday
Barcelona's new Colombian defender Mina waves during his official presentation on Saturday

However, despite trying to nutmeg his dad during a photo session or even dancing for the journalists and photographers present there, none impressed the entertainment loving Spanish crowd more than what he did before stepping on the pitch for the first time.

"There is a verse in life that says that the soles of your feet will touch the land that you want to conquer", Mina said. "This is a great club and since arriving you can feel the atmosphere here".

Barcelona's defense also has Gerard Pique, Javier Mascherano and Thomas Vermaelen, who has been playing as a starter in Umtiti's absence.

"Barca have brought in Yerry Mina from Palmeiras for around £10.5 million and the 6'5" defender is exactly what they need.

Mina said: "I was given the opportunity to come now and I did not think twice". With the work that we will all do, I will fight to be at the World Cup. I will go objective by objective.


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