Meeting Messi gave new Barcelona signing Mina goosebumps

Joann Johnston
January 13, 2018

He joins from Brazilian outfit Palmeiras, penning a five-and-a-half-year deal.

"I have always been a Barcelona fan". I'm going to work to bring something to the best players in the world.

12 de enero de 2018, 12:40Barcelona, Spain, Jan 12 (Prensa Latina) Barcelona football club have been splashing the cash since the January window opened, breaking their transfer record with the Âú142million arrival of Philippe Coutinho.

Thumbs up from Mina at the Camp Nou.

He took his first steps on the Camp Nou pitch barefooted, a tradition which he has followed at each of his clubs in the past.

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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".

The 23-year-old is pleased to join a club possessing top-tier talent, detailing the impact his first meeting with Messi and Luis Suarez had on him.

"Those of us that are playing outside [of Colombia] are opening doors for the others". Colombians here going insane.

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

Mina will have to fight very hard for a shirt in a central defense position that also has Gerard Pique, Thomas Vermaelen, Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano. "Then it's up to the coach [Ernesto Valverde] to decide who plays".

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