Yerry Mina insists he will ALWAYS respect Lionel Messi as he takes out the feud with his former Barcelona team-mate… out
- Argentina knocks Colombia out of Copa America via penalties
- Yerry Mina missed a crucial penalty in Colombia’s shoot-out defeat
- Lionel Messi appeared to taunt Mina after his miss by shouting ‘dance now”
- The pair played together in Barcelona for six months in 2018
Yerry Mina has insisted he has no ill-feeling towards Lionel Messi, despite the Argentine star appearing to taunt him during Colombia’s Copa America semi-final defeat.
After a 1-1 draw after extra time, Argentina eventually triumphed over Colmbia on penalties, with Mina missing a crucial goal after having a chance to make it 1-1 during the shoot-out.
Messi’s cheers were clear for all to see after Mina missed, as he appeared to repeatedly shout ‘dance now’ at the defender as he and his team-mates celebrated Emiliano Martinez’s save.
Yerry Mina and Lionel Messi meet in the Copa America semifinal earlier in July
It is believed Messi was referring to Mina’s celebration after scoring in Colombia’s quarter-final penalty shoot-out. Mina sucked his thumb after scoring his dot, despite it not being the winning penalty.
Despite Messi’s taunts, Everton defender Mina admitted he will always have respect for his former Barcelona team-mate.
“What happened to Leo could happen at any moment, this is football,” Mina said at a charity event in his hometown of Guachene.
“Life goes in circles, you always get a second chance, but I’m calm because I know Leo is a great person.”
Mina spent six months at Barcelona in 2018 along with Messi. He came from Brazil’s Palmeiras before moving to Goodison Park in August after struggling to impress.
Mina said he will ‘always respect’ Messi despite their Copa America semi-final feud
Mina added: “I met him at Barcelona and I thank him for the support he has given me, I will always respect him.
“I admire Messi for what he is, at that time we were both defending our national team.
‘If I could give my life for my national team, I would give it, but what happened was left’ [out on the pitch], There’s nothing wrong with it.’
After passing Colombia, Argentina defeated Brazil in the Maracana in the final to seal Copa America glory – marking Messi’s long-awaited first international title with his country.
Messi finally gets his first international honor after winning the Copa America