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21st Dec 2022

Emi Martinez taunts Kylian Mbappé again by holding baby doll with French star’s face on it

Callum Boyle

Emi Martinez

He can’t stop

Emi Martinez has continued to taunt France striker Kylian Mbappé after he held up a baby doll with a picture of the 24-year-old’s face on it.

To add extra fuel to the fire, Martinez was stood next to Mbappé’s Paris Saint-Germain teammate Lionel Messi when he held up the doll.

Martinez and the rest of the Argentina squad were celebrating their World Cup win with a victory parade in Buenos Aires however it had to be abandoned due to security issues as fans began climbing on top of the bus.

The Aston Villa goalkeeper played a major part in Argentina’s shootout victory against France, pulling off a vital save in the last seconds of extra time to deny Randal Kolo Muani.

He then saved Kinglsey Coman’s spot-kick as he helped La Albiceleste to win the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

Since the famous win in Qatar Martinez hasn’t been afraid to wind up Mbappé publicly. During their post-match dressing room celebrations, the 30-year-old was heard shouting “a moment of silence for Mbappé” while leading a conga line.

It all comes after the ‘keeper was one of the first players to be seen consoling the PSG forward after their final heartbreak.

Although it isn’t confirmed, Martinez’s personal vendetta against Mbappé could stem back to comments the Frenchman made six months ago.

He said: “The advantage we have in Europe is that we play among ourselves with high-level matches all the time, such as the Nations League.

“When we arrive at the World Cup, we are ready, where Brazil and Argentina do not have this level in South America. Football is not as advanced as in Europe. That’s why at the last World Cups, it’s always the Europeans who win.”

Martinez fired back at the time, saying: “He said that the level of South America is lower than the European level because he did not play there.

“If you do not have the experience then it is difficult to comment, but nothing was wrong with what he said. They know we are a world class team and they respect us for that.”

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