Sockless Mina looks to learn from Barcelona teammates

Published 10:14 a.m. ET Jan. 13, 2018

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.

For the young Colombian, it was an important first step into his new home.

“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. “And I want to make history here. I want to triumph.”

The 23-year-old Mina was signed from Brazilian club Palmeiras for 11.8 million euros ($14.3 million), “fulfilling a dream” and joining a defense that has been depleted by the injury of France international Samuel Umtiti.

He is set to become the first Colombian to…

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