Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez trolled France star Kylian Mbappe during his side’s dressing room celebrations post the FIFA World Cup 2022 triumph. While the Argentine players were singing and celebrating their FIFA World Cup victory, Martinez paused to troll Mbappe. The Aston Villa goalkeeper requested a minute of silence for France’s star forward, provoking delight and noise from his teammates.
The Martinez-led celebration is certainly an intriguing choice, especially after Mbappe’s hat trick, not including his penalty shootout conversion against the Argentine goalkeeper, but it most likely stemmed from comments the French star made about South American football in May.
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Emiliano Martinez asking for a minute of silence for Kylian Mbappé 😅— #TouchlineFracas (@touchlinefracas) December 18, 2022
War of words between Martinez and Mbappe
Earlier Mbappe claimed that European football is more advanced than South American football.
“The advantage we have in Europe is that we play among ourselves with high-level matches all the time, such as the Nations League. 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,” Mbappe was quoted by Sports Bible.
However, the comment didn’t go down well with the Argentinian goalkeeper, and talked about the same when he was reminded of the comment made by Mbappe in May.
“When you don’t have this experience, it may be better not to talk about it. He doesn’t know enough about football. He never played in South America. When you don’t have this experience, it may be better not to talk about it. But it doesn’t matter. We are a great team, recognized as such,” said Martinez ahead of the France vs Argentina final clash.
Argentina, led by the iconic Lionel Messi, defeated defending champions France on penalties in an epic evening at the Lusail Stadium to win the World Cup final. Messi scored two goals and Angel di Maria one, but France striker Mbappe came up with an inspiring late show to score a hat-trick as the regulation time ended at 2-2 and the extra time at 3-3.
The game went to a nerve-racking penalty shootout where Argentina went on to win 4-2 to clinch their third World Cup title and the first in 36 years.