Emiliano Martinez sanctioned for his attitude?

Despite the World Cup title won by Argentina, Emiliano Martinez did not quite convince the voters of the best goalkeeper of the year trophy appointed by the IFFHS.

For many at the Albiceleste coronation in Qatar, Emiliano Martinez added the World Cup’s best goalkeeper trophy to his World Cup medal. A trophy that the Argentinian goalkeeper also exhibited in an obscene manner on the stage of the Lusail Stadium, sparking a real controversy that was subsequently sustained by his provocations against Kylian MbappĂ©.

The target of many criticisms since the final against the Blues, Emiliano Martinez could have paid the price with the voters for the title of best goalkeeper of the year awarded by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). A distinction recognized by FIFA. The native of Mar del Plata actually had to settle for second place behind Thibaut Courtois, while Yassine Bounou completed the podium.

Emiliano Martinez is not the first World Cup goalkeeper to see the accolade elude him. In 2018, Hugo Lloris, despite crowning the Blues, also finished second, also beaten by Thibaut Courtois. And it was the same in 1998, Fabien Barthez, crowned in 2000, had to settle for second place after José Luis Chilavert.

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