6 of the Best Colombian Players to Make it Big in Europe as Yerry Mina Signs for Barcelona

South American footballers have enjoyed growing success in Europe's top five leagues in recent times due to their fantastic skill and technique. 

Colombia has produced some fantastic players during a somewhat 'golden era' for the country, and Yerry Mina appears to be next on the production line after he signed for Barcelona yesterday.

Here's a list of six of the best Colombian footballers to take Europe by storm, with the prospect of Mina becoming number seven...

6. Mario Yepes

Mario Yepes might not be remembered for possessing wonderful technique like the rest of these Colombians that conquered Europe. However, he was a rock at the back for multiple clubs during a 12-year spell on the European continent.

He started off in the French league with Nantes and PSG - where he won both French League Cups - before moving to Italy where he featured at Chievo, AC Milan - where he won Serie A - and Atalanta. 

5. Juan Cuadrado

Juan Cuadrado has enjoyed his best football in Italy and has had a whole host of success with Turin giants Juventus. He really started to show what he could do at Fiorentina, which earned him a big money move to Chelsea in 2015.

Although the tricky winger's transfer never really proved its worth in England, a move to the Bianconeri has seen the Colombian win consecutive Scudettos and play (albeit briefly) in a Champions League final.

4. Faustino Asprilla

Faustino Asprilla went into Geordie folklore after his hat-trick in the Champions League against Barcelona. Rocking up to his signing announcement in a fur coat in the midst of a snowstorm and his love for the local nightlife also meant the Geordies took to him like a duck to water.

However, Asprilla enjoyed his most successful spell in Europe at Italian side Parma where he won the UEFA Cup twice and scored 25 goals in 84 appearances.

3. James Rodriguez

Although his career has seemingly stagnated after his stay at Real Madrid tailed off with a loan move to Bayern Munich this season, James Rodriguez is just 26, and entering his prime footballing years.

It is easy to forget that he was only 23 when he set the world alight in 2014 at the World Cup in Brazil. Part of the FC Porto conveyor belt of South American talent churned out year upon year, Rodriguez then moved to Monaco after winning everything he could in Portugal domestically and continued to develop into one of Europe's hottest prospects.

Although he fell out of favour with Los Blancos, he is still regarded as one of the best players in world football and has proved the quality is still there in the Bundesliga this season. It will be interesting to see just how far he cements his place in Colombia's footballing legacy over the next few years.

2. Radamel Falcao

Radamel Falcao is Colombia's all time top-scorer and has a similarly terrifying scoring record across the European continent. Like James Rodriguez, he burst onto the scene at FC Porto and never looked back, scoring a ridiculous 41 goals in 51 games.

He then moved to Atletico Madrid for a club record fee and racked up a similarly impressive goal tally with 52 goals in 68 appearances. Despite a failed spell in England on loan at Manchester United and Chelsea, El Tigre has had great success at Monaco and fired them to the Ligue 1 title last season alongside Kylian Mbappe.

He is now the captain and spearhead of one of the most exciting teams across Europe. If only it wasn't for his struggles with injuries, Falcao's career could have been even more spectacular than it already is.

1. Carlos Valderrama

Despite initially struggling to adapt to the fast paced physical game being played across Europe when he joined Montpellier in 1988, Carlos Valderrama went on to win the French Cup in 1990 as the main creative force in the successful side. 

Widely remembered for his outrageous barnet, Valderrama is also widely considered to be Colombia's best footballer ever and would certainly be ranked higher on this list if he had more of an impact in Europe.

However, he enjoyed most of his best days in America due to the higher emphasis on technique complimenting his sublime passing ability. He spent the 1991/92 season at Spanish side Real Valladolid before moving back to his native homeland and finishing his career by boosting the profile of MLS in the USA.