Yerry Mina has said that he was paying for Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to go shopping after making bets with the strikers over free-kicks in training.
The centre-back’s future remains a hot topic this summer, with a move away from Camp Nou looking a certainty as Everton, Manchester United and Lyon continue to be linked with an interest.
“When I arrived, to create a good atmosphere I started to bet with Messi and Suarez to see who took the best free-kicks in training,” he said, “I did it just to watch them.
“Before I knew it they were taking 50 euros a day off me. And I was like, ‘What, I’m paying for these guys to go shopping!’ But the truth is those monsters put the ball wherever they want it.
“They are fantastic people and they are wizards.”
Jokes aside, Mina’s time in Catalunya has not been easy, with playing time difficult to come by and the Liga champions eager to move Mina on this term to make space for non-EU players.