What would a post-World Cup celebration of Argentina be without a more or less light-hearted joke from Emiliano Martinez? The Albiceleste goalkeeper distinguished himself again on Thursday at the Monumental in Buenos Aires, in an incredibly festive atmosphere around the first home game since the coronation in Qatar.
On the sidelines of the friendly victory against Panama (2-0), the doorman of Aston Villa repeated his gesture in bad taste. Yes, the same as he did after being presented with the trophy for best goalkeeper in the World Cup. “Dibu” Martinez was imitated this time by his teammates Germán Pezzella, Guido Rodríguez, Gerónimo Rulli y Marcos Acuña, laughing.
He had however made his mea culpa
In an interview broadcast on ESPN on February 22, the hero of the final against France (3-3, 4-2 on penalties) had however described his action as “stupid”. “But it’s the only thing I’m not proud to have done,” added the 30-year-old Argentinian, who had already made this gesture after being crowned best goalkeeper of the Copa América 2021.
We are now waiting for other images of the evening to see if “Dibu” Martinez has also brought out the baby doll with the effigy of Kylian Mbappé carried around during the triumphal parade of the Albiceleste in the streets of Buenos Aires, on his return from Qatar .