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Foot: Emiliano Martinez on Kylian Mbappé: "I respect him a lot"


The goalkeeper of the Argentina selection confided in France Football on his behavior after the final of the 2022 Football World Cup.

Obscene gesture with his trophy for best goalkeeper, controversial songs in the locker room … Emiliano Martinez had aroused strong reactions following the epic final of the Football World Cup.

The Argentine goalkeeper, heroic against Randal Kolo Muani in the last moments of the game, confided in

France Football

and returns to his behavior towards Kylian Mbappé.

"It lasted a second and that's it"

The Argentinian had surprised everyone.

Rewarded with the prize for best goalkeeper, Martinez proudly brandished his trophy at the level of his crotch.

A controversial gesture on which he returned: “

It was a joke with my teammates.

I had already done it at the Copa America, and they all told me, even Leo, that I was not ready to do it again.

I did it for them, nothing more.

It lasted a second and that's it


The Albiceleste doorman then allowed himself to lodge the star striker of PSG and the France team (“

a minute of silence for Mbappé

”) in the locker room.

It should be remembered that Kylian Mbappé had deceived the goalkeeper four times during the meeting.

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Emiliano Martinez had sparked controversy after this gesture?

JB Autissier / PANORAMIC

It's a locker room thing and it should never have come out.

If a team beats Brazil, they will sing about Neymar.

I have nothing against Mbappé, there is nothing personal.

I respect him enormously.

If we sing about him or Neymar, it's because they're cracks

, ”says the Aston Villa goalkeeper.

But the Argentinian remains objective and declares his admiration for the striker of the France team: “

How could I make fun of Mbappé?

He gave me four goals in the final... He must think I'm his doll!

I have a lot of respect for him, he's the best French player I've seen


Emiliano Martinez then explained that he spoke with Mbappé at the end of the match, congratulating him on his performance and explaining that the star striker should win Ballons d'Or after the career stoppage of his compatriot Lionel Messi.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2023-02-11

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