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Name Yerry Mina
Gender Male
Ethnic Colombian
Job Colombian Footballer

Affiliation

Org Colombia National Team
Club as Player Everton
  Barcelona FC
  Palmeiras
  Deportivo Pasto

2018 01 20 Retrieve

[Yerry Mina talks about meeting Lionel Messi for the first time] It’s special for me [to play with Messi]. For me, he’s the best player in the world. The first impression I got from him was one of humility. I was sat on the bench [on Friday] and he came over with Luis Suarez from training, it was really special when he came to welcome me - it made my hair stand on end

2018 08 11 Retrieve

[Yerry Mina completes his deadline day move to Everton] It’s important that the Club wants to fight for something. I’m delighted to be here

2018 12 09 Retrieve

[Yerry Mina reveals tales of poverty-stricken childhood and heart-warming speech he made to mother at the age of 14] My mother was crying. I said ‘Listen, mum, I am going to build a house for you one day. I am also going to make sure you will be fed from the hand of God’. My mum started to cry again. She said, ‘Don’t worry, Mina, I am also doing my best to try to keep you’

From that day, wherever I travel in the world to play my football, my motivation before I go out on the field I always say it is my mum’s dinner or - like in a few weeks’ time - Gabriel Jesus’s mum’s dinner. Either the striker’s mum’s dinner or mine

To be strong physically and mentally on the field I say to myself I am going out to earn my mum’s dinner. It comes from them, from that childhood, the time when things were tough. It’s not an easy place to grow up and I look back and am motivated to serve as an example to kids growing up the same way