Yerry Mina isn’t a name that many European football fans were too familiar with prior to his move to Barcelona earlier this week.
The Colombian centre-back, who has made nine appearances for his country, has spent his entire career until now playing in his native South America.
Mina began his professional career with Deportivo Pasto before moving on to Santa Fe, where he spent two seasons. He then joined Palmeiras, where he played for one season before being snapped up by Barça.
The Catalan giants have paid £10.5 million for the 23-year-old, who has signed a five-and-a-half-year deal.
He becomes Barcelona’s second signing of the winter transfer window following the £142 million arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.
Mina delighted after sealing Barcelona move
"I am very happy to be here in Barcelona and I thank all those who made it possible for me to come to the best club in the world," Mina was quoted as saying by AS.
"I want to learn a lot from my teammates and to do my part. It's now time to learn a lot, to win big things and to make this group even better.
"I will keep my feet on the ground and my eyes on heaven. I will go objective by objective. No more words can explain how happy I am."
Eight-and-a-half thousand Barça supporters turned up at the Camp Nou to watch Mina’s presentation on Saturday.
Mina did something bizarre during his presentation
And the defender did something that nobody was expecting as he took to the pitch.
Before crossing the white line, Mina took off his shoes, then his socks, and then walked onto the pitch in bare feet.
Watch the footage here...
Apparently, he does this every time he signs for a new club as a mark of respect, which is a lovely touch.
Barcelona fans enjoyed it
Barcelona fans on Twitter were loving it. It seems they already have a new hero.
Here’s a selection of some of their best tweets…
The Colombia international, who is expected to replace the China-bound Javier Mascherano, could make his debut against Espanyol in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night.
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