Sockless Mina looks to learn from Barcelona teammates

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Colombian centre back Yerry Mina has officially been unveiled as a Barcelona player following his £10.5million switch from Palmeiras.

Barcelona recently completed the signing of 23-year-old center-back Yerry Mina from Brazilian club Palmeiras with the fee reported to be around €11.8m (£10.45m) and as confirmed by the club, the Colombia global carries a whopping 100 million Euro (£88.6m) release clause on his head.

Barcelona initially had an agreement with Palmeiras to bring Mina in the middle of this year for about 9 million euros, but agreed to pay extra and advance the deal because of the hamstring injury to Umtiti, who hasn't played since December and is not likely to return until next month. I got goosebumps when Messi approached me with Suarez in the dressing room.

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

The idiosyncratic defender also attracted attention for his unique choice of footwear: in that he didn't wear any, choosing to walk the pitch barefooted.

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He explained: "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".

José Eulises Mina said, "I am very happy".

"I have come to work".

"For me, he [Messi] is the best in the world". To contribute to the team and learn from my team-mates. 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. It's now time to learn a lot, to win big things and to make this group even better. I have to go step by step.