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MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina: Argentina’s World Cup-winning goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was welcomed by a crowd approximated at 100,000 in his home town, Mar de Plata.

It was Argentina’s 3rd title however Martinez is the very first World Cup winner from the resort town south of Buenos Aires, where tennis gamer Guillermo Vilas was formerly the most popular sports character.

Martinez revealed the crowd in front of the beach on Thursday his prize as goalkeeper of the competition and informed them it was “not just for me however for all the kids, the little goalkeepers, who imagine choosing the 4th star.”

“This is a gorgeous thing, that a goalkeeper gets this acknowledgment, since this is often provided to strikers,” stated Martinez, who left Argentina at 17 to sign up with Arsenal in England and now bets Aston Villa in the Premier League.

He has actually established a track record as a charge shootout professional after his success in the 2021 Copa America last versus Brazil and after that versus France in Doha.

“On charges I end up being strong and I understand that individuals appreciate me, I understand due to the fact that opposing gamers have actually informed me so,” he stated.

Martinez protected his technique of attempting to trouble charge takers.

“When you take the very first charge in a world last, you understand the other person is going to be extremely anxious,” he stated. “I attempt to play them, to press the ball away a bit, to talk with them.”

French Sports Minister Amelie Oudea-Castera slammed Martinez on Friday for buffooning French star Kylian Mbappe after the World Cup last.

“This Emiliano Martinez is not identifying himself. It is rather worthless,” she stated.

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