The centre-back raised eyebrows by stepping onto the Camp Nou pitch with bare feet during his presentation to supporters. 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 Colombia global defender has completed an €11.8 million switch to Camp Nou from Brazilian side Palmeiras.
And after applauding fans and posing for pictures during his official unveiling at the Nou Camp, Mina chose to take off his boots and socks before stepping onto the pitch for the first time.
"I am very happy to be fulfilling a dream for which I have always worked and fought".
Mina further added when asked about why he walked barefoot on the field, "There is a saying in my country that says, 'Touch the land you want to conquer with the sole of your feet". "And I want to make history here". They have a lot of the ball and as we all know, they're the best team in the world. "I've always followed great full-backs and great central defenders, like those here, such as [Gerard] Pique, [Javier] Mascherano, [Samuel] Umtiti and [Thomas] Vermaelen". He is a threat on set-pieces and often makes runs forward. "It's gratifying that it's a style that I like".
Mina had helped Santa Fe win the Copa Sudamericana in 2015, and was key for Palmeiras when it won the Brazilian league in 2016 and was runner-up in 2017. I will be calm and I'll try to control the adrenaline and I'll adapt to the group with my dancing.
Mina scored nine goals in 49 matches with Palmeiras, celebrating with his traditional dance moves.
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