“It’s my teammates fault,” Emiliano Martinez offers strange explanation for weird gestures after winning 2022 FIFA World Cup’s golden gloves
Emiliano Martinez responded to the backlash he received in the aftermath of the World Cup final
Emiliano Martinez has broken the silence over his post-World Cup final antics during an interview with TYC Sports last Friday saying that his teammates asked him to do so. The Argentine was seen making obscene gestures with his Golden Glove award following the World Cup triumph.
While defending himself, he said the following regarding the controversial celebration, “I’m not proud of that, obviously, but it was a bet. Just when they were going to give me the Golden Glove, the boys(Argentinian teammates) said, ‘Why don’t you do the same as in the Copa America’ and I said, ‘What if I do?’ and they replied ‘What if you don’t!’ It’s my teammates’ fault.”
In the wake of the post-World Cup celebrations, Emi Martinez has become the subject of controversy with many fans divided over his actions. The Aston Villa man since then has justified his gestures various times over several interviews.
Argentina beat France in a thrilling final in December 2022 as the South American country lifted the trophy for the third time. Emi Martinez produced marvellous saves from between the sticks which included a crucial last-minute save deep into extra time and also a penalty in the shootout.
Emi Martinez wins Best Goalkeeper at FIFA’s annual awards
World Cup-winning star Emiliano Martinez won The Best Goalkeeper at the annual FIFA’s The Best award ceremony. Held in Paris earlier this week, he won the award alongside Lionel Messi and Lionel Scaloni who both won the Best Player and Best Coach, respectively.
The Argentine beat Thibaut Courtois and Yassine Bounou to clinch it for the first time in his career. Emi won the World Cup in December 2022 with Argentina and also made crucial saves for Aston Villa throughout the season which led to him lifting the individual award.
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