DANNY MURPHY: Emi Martinez will be under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons after his World Cup antics… every single misstep will be pounced upon by the opposition and their fans
- Emiliano Martinez, 30, helped Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar last month
- The Aston Villa goalkeeper returned to training on Friday for the first time since
- The Argentine made an obscene gesture as he collected his Golden Glove award
- Martinez also ruthlessly mocked French superstar Kylian Mbappe after the final
- The stopper will be under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons back in England
Emiliano Martinez’s legacy is guaranteed after winning the World Cup but in the short term he’s made life tough for himself following his antics in Qatar.
I’m not bothered about the gamesmanship before penalties, I had it from goalkeepers when I played and it’s up to the referee to sort out, but he’s made himself a pantomime villain with the rude gesture on the winners’ podium and Mbappe insults.
Even the slightest mistake he makes for Aston Villa is going to be seized upon by the opposition and their fans. They won’t let him forget and that just adds pressure, which isn’t helpful for any player, let alone goalkeepers.
Aston Villa keeper Emiliano Martinez helped Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar last month
Martinez returned to training on Friday but is expected to miss out on Villa’s clash versus Spurs
The pity is Martinez had a stunning World Cup. His late save in the final is iconic and he was the hero of two shoot-outs.
Argentina fans will regard him as a hero but everyone else will now be looking to ridicule him for behaving like an idiot.
He may have thick skin and not care, but winning with class should have been easy. Instead, he’s clearly been unable to handle the euphoria of the moment.
The 30-year-old goalkeeper made an obscene gesture as he collected his Golden Glove award
I can understand to a point. I stupidly danced on tables and sang about Gary Neville after beating Manchester United at Old Trafford for the first time in 10 years but thankfully there wasn’t any phone cameras then.
But I actually feel more sorry for the other Argentina players who celebrated in the right way and have found themselves tarnished because of his silliness, brandishing an Mbappe doll and calling for a minute’s silence.
If he makes his comeback against Spurs today, there will be a big target on his back.
Martinez controversially held a doll of Kylian Mbappe during Argentina’s World Cup bus tour
I don’t think Martinez is a nasty person. Most goalkeepers are extroverts and he’s seems a popular guy with team-mates. He certainly deserves credit for going on loan to places like Oxford and Reading and coming through it all to win a World Cup alongside Lionel Messi.
Despite his hard side, I’m guessing he will privately regret some of the things he’s done. Maybe one day we’ll hear some sort of apology.
The records books show Martinez was a winner and that will be the lasting memory for football fans. But for the remainder of this season, he could be in for a shock about how he’s regarded.
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