How Yeryy Mina lost €50 daily to team-mates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

31st July, 2018

Remember how in your childhood days, you sometimes “obtained” your junior ones, as it is called in some quarters? Yeah, you found ways to just extort them now and then, right?

That is exactly what the “football monsters” Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez have been busy doing to a poor newly arrived Yery Mina at the club’s training sessions.

That much is true according the youngster who like a curious bird dared the superstars in their own area of specialization. This is exactly what happened in Yery Mina’s own words: 

“When I first joined the club, I started betting with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to generate a good atmosphere,” Mina told Bocas magazine.

“It was to see who could take the best free-kicks in training but every day I was losing 50 euros.

“And I was like, ‘What, I’m paying for these guys to go shopping!’ I had to laugh but the truth is those monsters put the ball where they want, they are great people as well as magicians.

All of that was in good faith though as the newly arrived Mina tried to look for a way to settle in to the Barca family setting after arriving  from Palmeiras in January.

In terms of how well he has settled in however, the player is not all too happy about his progress report. He admitted fear for his career even though he says he is calm about it. According to him:

“In terms of my future, I have no idea but I’m calm about it. I’m 23 years old and have a lot of football left to play.”

“I thought a lot of things, a lot of bad things. I thought I was finished,” he said. “I felt so bad and [Philippe] Coutinho and Paulinho tried to encourage me all the time and told me that everything would be fine.

“For me, I understand that there are spectacular players in this position but I just wanted to have a minute to impress and it didn’t happen.

“The few minutes I did get, they were bad… it felt at times like everything was going wrong and coming down.

“I felt like I couldn’t do anything right, such as even giving a pass in training.”

This is wishing this lad a better time this season at F.C. Barcelona. His performance for Colombia at the just concluded 2018 World Cup in Russia showed that he is surely a gifted player who can excel anywhere on a good day.