Everton defender Yerry Mina carried out his usual – or some might call it unusual – pre-match ritual at Old Trafford for the Blues, and it has a very simple explanation.
Mina did the same at the Nou Camp before being unveiled as a Barcelona player, with many looking on in disbelief as he removed his shoes and socks before taking to the pitch – as he did at United on Sunday.
The ritual dates back to his days at Santa Fe in Colombia, where the club hired a spiritual advisor during a time when they won three titles. She dictated that the players observe a bible proverb of Deuteronomy 11:24, which reads “Every place where you set your foot will be yours.”
The spiritual advisor at Santa Fe, Sandra Merino, says that she is proud when she sees Mina continuing what she taught him.
“Today I can see my words become reality in Yerry Mina,” reflected Merino earlier this year.
“Yerry never forget what I taught him.”
Mina was an unused substitute for Everton at Old Trafford, but he will be looking to make his debut very soon as the Blues enter a crucial part of the season.
He has been kept out of the side by Kurt Zouma and Michael Keane, who have been in excellent form, but with Zouma unable to play against Chelsea in the coming weeks, Mina will be hoping to show Evertonians that his pre-match ritual really does help him conquer wherever he sets foot.