In the last round of the Premier League, Aston Villa beat Brighton 2-1 and achieved a historic qualification. For the first time in 13 years, Dibu Martínez's team will once again play an international cup. Having finished seventh in the standings, those led by Unai Emery secured a place in the next Conference League.
In this context, who spoke was none other than Mandinha, the wife of Dibu, who took the opportunity to congratulate her husband and celebrate with her loved ones the classification of Aston Villa.
Wonderful match. My beautiful family," she wrote on social media. Along with the tender message, she shared a photo where she can be seen with the goalkeeper of the Argentine National Team and her two children after the match.
Mandinha shared a photo on her social media and congratulated the Dibu. (@Mandinha_Martínez_)
The love story between Dibu Martinez and Mandinha
The love story between the goalkeeper of the Argentine National Team and his wife was born almost by chance. "My parents had a restaurant that was known to Arsenal players and he started coming when he was 17, 18," Mandinha revealed. But the crush was slow in coming: "At that time I was in college and came to work at the restaurant to help. On weekends there was Emi."
"Why every time he sees me he lowers his head?" the woman asked a friend she had in common with the Dibu. The answer surprised her. "Emi sent me a message," she revealed in Mujeres de la Selección (Telefe), "to say: 'I'm not big, I'm ashamed, but if you want let's have a coffee.' I said, 'No, I came to my apartment, we had coffee.' And well, we had a coffee, then we went out to dinner several times."
That meeting at Mandinha's house aroused some insecurities. "I remember he was so tall that I thought, 'I can't be with him, he's super tall, I'm tiny,'" she revealed. Soon, his story began to blossom: "I always thought he was the cutest guiest in the world, but he was always so sweet to me... He is not a person who gives you expensive things. He gives you a flower, he wrote me letters. I have your letters saved."
Two years of coexistence led them to seal, in 2017, their union. "Thank you for existing. You are the best husband and the best dad. I love you my love, with all that I am," Mandinha wrote on her Instagram account on a new anniversary of that luxurious wedding at Brocket Hall Palace.
Mandinha Martinez and the Dibu celebrating. (@Mandinha_Martínez_)
The arrival of his two children
When Santi (4) was born, Mandinha had to wait 30 hours in a public hospital in London. "30 hours of labor and then they left me to wait, wait, wait, and Santi's heart stopped. And then it was an emergency C-section. It was very hard for me and it was a very difficult year," he said.
In 2021 Ava arrived, the smallest of the Martinez dynasty. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the archer's wife could not have more than one companion in the clinic. And, since at that time the Dibu was in Brazil for the Copa America that Argentina later won, the goalkeeper could not witness the birth.
"He was a dad and he couldn't make him 'upa'," Lionel Messi said in the middle of the remembered harangue prior to the final with Brazil. Although Mandinha did not feel that distance. "Emi was at all times, because in the hospital they let me have him on Face Time and I felt that he was, that's why it was very nice," he closed.