The amount of fans at your presentation directly correlates to how good you are.
That’s what we always thought, the best players filled out stadiums just so the fans can see them
disastrously fail attempt a few kick ups.
Unveiling your new players in front of the fans inside the stadium is a very Spanish thing, with Barcelona and Real Madrid particularly relishing parading their stars.
Barcelona finally got their man when they signed Philippe Coutinho for £142million from Liverpool last week.
The hugely anticipated transfer was made official on Monday and the Brazilian magician was sent out onto the Camp Nou pitch to show the fans exactly what their money had bought.
So far so good, but then a week later Yerry Mina turns up from Brazilian side Palmeiras for £10million.
And he has just completely outshone Coutinho’s arrival to the Barca fans.
Not only he did he walk onto the Camp Nou in barefoot as a mark of respect but the huge defender attracted more fans to come and watch him than his more glamorous team mate.
According to ESPN Barcelona Correspondent Samuel Marsden, only 7,436 people turned out to see Coutinho whereas Mina drew 1,000 more spectators.
Many people will cry that Mina’s was held on a Saturday when more people are off work than Coutinho’s on a weekday.
But it could well be that the large Colombian population in Barcelona, who always support their nation’s stars fervently, came out in force to show their love for the 23-year-old.
Then again maybe just more people wanted to see the Mina shuffle…
Don’t be sad Phil.
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