Everton defender Yerry Mina angered his former Barcelona teammates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez following his dancing celebration in a penalty shootout in this summer’s Copa America
Yerry Mina only made six appearances in his brief Barcelona career, which lasted just seven months back in 2018.
The Colombian central defender moved to the Camp Nou from Brazilian side Palmeiras in January 2018 but by August he was sold to Everton.
Mina didn’t seem to have made a particularly notable impression on Barca stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, who appear to have been angered by the defender in this year’s Copa America.
The central defender did his trademark dancing celebration after helping Colombia eliminate Suarez’s Uruguay in the quarter finals of the competition earlier this year.
Colombia were eliminated in the next round by Messi’s Argentina, and the bad blood between Mina and his former teammates – which had previously never been on show – were put into public.
After Argentina won the match, Messi said to his former Barca teammate in a serious fashion: “Dance now, dance now, Mina.”
When Messi posted a message on Instagram after the match to celebrate his nation’s victory, his close friend Suarez – whom he played alongside at the Camp Nou for six seasons – replied publicly: “Congratulations. Now dance!”
It was a curious fallout that appeared to start from a relatively innocuous incident of Mina celebrating his nation winning in a high-stakes penalty shootout against a South American rival.
Yet this appears to have been something that was taken to heart by both Suarez and Messi, who are close friends and share a personal relationship away from football.
Alongside Neymar, the three still hold their ‘MSN’ partnership over an exclusive WhatsApp group, despite now being rivals at club level.
It is not far-fetched to suggest that Suarez is likely to have vented his frustration over Mina’s dancing to Messi, with the Argentine star then addressing the Colombian directly in their semi-final encounter.
The reply of Suarez to Messi on social media was also a public taking down of Mina and a clear sign that the two players were laughing at the central defender.
Mina was later moved to play down the incident: “What happened with Leo is something that can happen at any time, it is football. Life turns around, and you can get revenge.
“But I am calm because I know that Leo is a great person, I met him in Barcelona and I thank him for the support he gave me, I will always respect him.”
Colombia and Uruguay now face-off once again this week in the first encounter between the two nations since their contentious quarter-final matchup in the Copa America.
It remains to be seen if any words – positive or negative – are exchanged between Mina and Suarez during the encounter.
Central defender Mina continues to replicate his dancing celebration and once again performed it after scoring against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday – a goal that was correctly chalked off by VAR due to an offside call.