Yerry Mina revealed he was losing €50 daily to team-mates Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez after making free-kick bets with the star Barcelona duo.
The transition from Brazil to Spain has not been easy for Mina but the 23-year-old lifted the lid on bets he had with Messi and Suarez to help settle in.
"When I first joined the club, I started betting with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to generate a good atmosphere," Mina told Bocas magazine.
"It was to see who could take the best free-kicks in training but every day I was losing 50 euros.
"And I was like, 'What, I'm paying for these guys to go shopping!' I had to laugh but the truth is those monsters put the ball where they want, they are great people as well as magicians.
"In terms of my future, I have no idea but I'm calm about it. I'm 23 years old and have a lot of football left to play."
Mina admitted he feared for his career after failing to convince following his mid-season arrival.
The Colombian – who played a key role for his country at the World Cup in Russia – made just five LaLiga appearances and seven in all competitions last season.
"I thought a lot of things, a lot of bad things. I thought I was finished," he said. "I felt so bad and [Philippe] Coutinho and Paulinho tried to encourage me all the time and told me that everything would be fine.
"For me, I understand that there are spectacular players [in his position] but I just wanted to have a minute to impress and it didn't happen.
"The few minutes I did get, they were bad... it felt at times like everything was going wrong and coming down.
"I felt like I couldn't do anything right, such as even giving a pass in training."