“The gesture I made with the trophy was joke” Emiliano Martinez reveals obscene World Cup celebration was not aimed at French football players, admits Lionel Messi advising against it

Emiliano Martinez finally breaks the silence on his outlandish celebration following Argentina’s victory over France in the FIFA World Cup 2022 where the Albiceleste was crowned as champions.

From the game’s perspective, it was one heck of a battle between the rigid force of France and the magic of Argentina as Emi Martinez rescued Messi and his teammates via the super display of goalkeeping.

Martinez was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament after the Argentine played a huge part to help them clinch the trophy home following his heroic show in the penalty shootout against Nederland and against Les Bleus in the final.

However, the gesture he showed leading towards the handover of the FIFA Goalkeeper award raised the eyebrows of many as the Argentine pulled off a vulgar posture in front of the organizing Committee and the fans.

Recently, the former Arsenal man opened up about the celebration and explained the whole situation in a diplomatic way, and offered respect towards French football and its fans.

“Do I regret the celebrations? Well, there are things I wouldn’t do again in the same way.  I didn’t set out to hurt anyone. Throughout my career, I’ve played with French people, and I’ve never had a problem.”- the Albiceleste star told to France Football.

The Argentine came up with a hilarious joke about his own teammates after his hero which fueled octane to the fire and the Aston Villa showstopper explained his stance in front of the media.

“The gesture I made with the best goalkeeper trophy was a joke with my team-mates. I had already done it at the Copa America, and they all said to me: ‘No way’ to do it again. Even Leo told me that. I did it for them, nothing more. It lasted a second and that was it.”- Martinez further added.

Despite being at his best, the World Cup winner was criticized heavily for his action and in near future, the 30 years old keeper will look to rectify the mistakes he made and hope for a continuation of achievement may follow.


Salah Uddin Rafi

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Sports Content Writer. Covering F1, Tennis, Naskar and mostly Soccer. Graduated from Jahangirnagar University. A game of football is relentlessly uncompromised because passion runs thick through the veins.


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