Yerry Mina speaks out after Lionel Messi’s Copa America taunts

Yerry Mina has confirmed that he hasn’t lost any respect for Lionel Messi after the Argentinian forward taunted him during the Copa America semi-final.

The game, between Argentina and Mina’s Colombia, went to a penalty shootout after finishing 1-1 in extra time.

After both sides had missed one of their opening two spot-kicks, the centre-back stepped up to take Colombia’s third penalty of the night.

Against Uruguay in the previous round, the 26-year-old smashed his penalty into the bottom corner, before celebrating with a dance on the penalty spot.

This time, he was up against Emiliano Martinez in the Argentina goal. The Aston Villa goalkeeper said to him: “I’m eating you up.”

Mina subsequently went on to see his penalty saved – and received the taunts of Messi as he stood still on the penalty spot.

Messi could be heard shouting: “Why don’t you dance now?”. He then sarcastically clapped the opposing defender.

Argentina would go on to win the shootout, before beating Brazil 1-0 in the final.

Mina speaks out on Messi incident

Mina has since spoke out about the incident. He says he hasn’t lost any respect for the Barcelona icon as a result of the incident.

The pair were briefly team-mates at Barca between January and August 2018 after Mina signed for the Spanish giants from Brazilian side Palmeiras.

He told a charity event (via Marca): “What happened with Leo is something that can happen at any moment, this is football.

“Life has cycles, it gives [opportunities for] revenge, but I am calm because I know that Leo is a great person.

“I met him at Barcelona and I thank him for the support that he gave 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 [on the pitch], there’s nothing to it.”

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