10 things you need to know about Barca new boy Mina - FCNaija

La Liga By: Ambrose Udeme | 11/01/2018

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Barcelona on Thursday confirmed they had reached an agreement with Palmeiras for the transfer of Yerry Mina for the remainder of the season and five more until June 30, 2023.

The cost of the transfer is according to an official statement by the Catalans is valued at €11.8 million with his buy-out clause set at €100 million.

Discover some curious facts on the new Barcelona player as we bring you 10 things you should know about Barca's second January addition following the arrival of Philippe Coutinho earlier in the week.

1. Colombia debut

Mina made his debut with the national team in an official match on October 6, 2016, and scored his first goal on October 11 in a 2-2 draw with Uruguay.

2. A goalkeeper converted into a center-back

Mina started playing football as a goalkeeper, a tradition in his family, but decided to change his position. In so doing, it has placed him among the most outstanding defenders in the world.

Mina made his debut with the national team in an official match on October 6, 2016, and scored his first goal on October 11 in a 2-2 draw with Uruguay.

3. First Colombian to play an official game with Barcelona

Yerry Mina will be the first Colombian to play an official game with FC Barcelona. Lauro Mosquera played a friendly match against Sabadell on June 24, 1964, but didn't stay at the Club.

4. Shares same birth year with Denis Suárez

The Colombian shares a birth year (1994) with Denis Suárez. The Blaugrana midfielder was born on January 6, Mina on September 23.

5. Tenth Colombian in La Liga

Yerry Mina becomes the tenth Colombian to currently play in the Spanish top flight, and joins his compatriots Carlos Bacca (Villarreal), Juanjo Narváez (Real Betis), Luis Muriel (Seville), Daniel Torres (Alavés), Jefferson Lerma (Levante), Jeison Murillo (Valencia) and Bernardo Espinosa, Johan Mojica and Marlos Moreno (Girona).

6. Tallest Barcelona player

The centre-back becomes the tallest player in the team at 1.95m, followed by Piqué (1.94m), Sergio (1.89m) and Andre Gomes (1.88m).

7. Four numbers

Yerry Mina has worn four different numbers throughout his career. The No.3 at Deportivo Pasto, No.26 at Independiente Santa Fe and Palmeiras, as well as No.13 and No.16 with the Colombian national team.

8. Yerry Mina Foundation

The player has a charity project that began at the end of 2016 in Guachené, about 30 kilometres from Cali, and which aims to help 2,000 people.

9. Title winner

The Colombian continues to be an important player thanks to the titles he has achieved. Mina was a champion in Colombia in 2014, won the Copa Sudamericana in 2015 and the Brasileirao with Palmeiras in 2016.

10. Family and friends

Mina's family and friends are an important part of his life and he shares much of his time off the pitch with them, as he has shown by regularly putting pictures up on social networks.
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