Argentina’s Emiliano Martinez savagely trolls Kylian Mbappe during World Cup parade
Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez made incredible saves in the nation’s World Cup final victory over France over the weekend and also established himself as a world-class provocateur.
Martinez has not shied away from taking shots at France’s Kylian Mbappe. During Argentina’s World Cup parade on Tuesday, Martinez was seen holding a doll with a picture of a crying Mbappe over its head.
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The rivalry between Martinez and Mbappe started at the beginning of the World Cup final when the Paris Saint-Germain star criticized the preparedness of South American teams in comparison with the European squads that enter the tournament.
“The advantage we have in Europe is that we play among ourselves with high-level matches all the time, such as the Nations League,” Mbappe said, via Sports Illustrated. “When we arrive at the World Cup, we are ready, whereas Brazil and Argentina do not have this level in South America. Football is not as advanced as in Europe. That’s why at the last World Cups, it’s always the Europeans who win.”
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Martinez dismissed Mbappe’s comments, saying he didn’t know what he was talking about. The goalkeeper also held a moment of silence for Mbappe after Argentina won the World Cup in penalties over the weekend.
Mbappe did score three times on Martinez and in the shootout.
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Martinez was given the Golden Glove award for being the best goalkeeper in the tournament. He raised eyebrows when he held the award toward his groin area after receiving it.