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19th Dec 2022

Martinez taunts Mbappe in Argentina dressing room after consoling him on pitch

Callum Boyle

Martinez consoled Mbappé on the pitch after the win

Emiliano Martinez continued his customary shithousing long after Argentina’s World Cup win by singing about French star Kylian Mbappé in the dressing room.

Martinez was part of the Argentina side to win their first World Cup since 1986 as his heroics in a tense penalty shootout at Lusail Stadium gave Lionel Scaloni’s side a night to remember.

The Aston Villa goalkeeper produced a number of vital saves throughout the game too as he denied Randal Kolo Muani in the last minutes of extra time.

Along with his efforts on the pitch, Martinez was also praised for consoling Kylian Mbappé – who became the first player since Sir Geoff Hurst to score a hat trick in a World Cup final – who was visibly devastated.

His efforts also saw him win the Golden Glove award in which he celebrated in true Emi Martinez fashion, leaving the stage in style with one last laugh.

But his moment of kindness soon evaporated in the dressing room as Argentina celebrated the World Cup win. In the leaked video, Martinez can be seen dancing around with his teammates before asking for a moment of silence for Mbappé.

After the game, pundits and fans around the world praised the 30-year-old for his instrumental display throughout the tournament.

“When you go into a penalty shootout with Emi Martinez, you’re no longer in a stadium, you’re in a box and it’s just you and him and every second that goes by, that box closes in, getting smaller and smaller as he laughs like a madman,” wrote Casey Evans.

Another person tweeted: “Considering the context and magnitude of the game, this save by Emi Martínez, in the 123rd minute at 3-3, no less, is one of those times you label it the Save of the Century. Still can’t believe it’s happened.”

A third said: “Emi Martinez has absolutely cemented himself in football folklore, or at least certainly Argentinian. Went back to back Copa America & World Cups as the undisputed hero in every penalty shootout. Hip thrusted and danced his way through both.”

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