Leader of the Argentine celebration in the dressing room, goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez called for a minute of silence for Kylian Mbappé after the World Cup final won by the Albiceleste at the expense of France (3-3, 4 losses to 2).
The winner has all the rights, it seems. Argentinians, who have long been masters of the art of cajoling and provocation, the three-time world champions had a great time in the dressing room after the victory against France, on Sunday in the final of the World Cup. Emiliano Martinez, Argentina’s second hero after Lionel Messi, certainly talented but willingly exuberant, made fun of Kylian Mbappé, author of a masterful performance.
The French striker almost crushed the Argentine dream by sending three goals to the Argentine goalkeeper, including a magnificent volley (apart from the penalty shootout, where the French player succeeded in his first attempt), but he was still mocked by the opposing team.
A special party on the podium
Lionel Scaloni’s players danced and sang, stopping at regular intervals on the orders of their goalkeeper, who notably called for a minute’s silence “for Mbappé, who is dead”. However, a completely different player had rushed with restraint to greet the Paris Saint-Germain forward at the final whistle.
But in the (very relative) secrecy of the locker room, lulled by the euphoria of a world title, “Dibu” Martinez felt his wings grow. And the elegance has suddenly disappeared in favor of a certain indecency to which he is accustomed, as evidenced by his passage on stage, after the presentation of the trophy for the best goalkeeper of the competition.
As a reminder, Emiliano Martinez had a bit of a taste for the comments made by Kylian Mbappé last May, when the Parisian forward believed at the time that Argentina did not face enough good teams in his geographical area. “He doesn’t know enough about football,” replied the goalkeeper before the final.