The legend of “Dibu” is growing day by day. Emiliano “Dibu” Martinez, the goalkeeper for Argentina’s Copa America-winning national team and Premier League club Aston Villa, talks to the best of them. Now there are players who are not lacking in confidence but are waiting to chat after the fact. Maybe it comes after a goal, after a challenge or whatever, but Martinez speaks the speech and then walks the walk. On Saturday, as Cristiano Ronaldo watched, he collided with Bruno Fernandes in the face before the Manchester United midfielder missed a decisive penalty in added time that could have saved a draw for the favorites. Looked:
Over the summer, he became an Argentine legend for his performances and insane speeches as Argentina rose to mainland glory to end their ten-year title drought. As well as making big saves against Colombia in the semi-final and against Brazil in the final, his most famous moment was in a penalty shootout against Los Cafeteros in the semi-final. He stopped three shots, and there his trash talk saw him say things like …
- “I will eat you.”
- “I’m sorry, but I’m eating you, brother.”
- “You look nervous. You laugh but you’re nervous. You’re nervous.”
- “Yeah, yeah, act like an idiot. I know you.”
- “You like to watch, don’t you?”
- “Look me in the face.”
Well, he did it again. Aston Villa shocked Manchester United 1-0 with a late goal on Saturday in the Premier League, but it was not without a late penalty for the Red Devils. There Bruno Fernandes stepped forward to take the kick and hit it in row k. But before the kick, Martinez was talking about garbage, telling Cristiano Ronaldo to take the penalty. Here’s a goalie who just a few years ago challenged one of the greats.
After the penalty was missed, Martinez turned and danced in front of United fans to put the icing on the cake.
What an astronomical climb to the top for Martinez. From a young player at Independiente and Arsenal, 15 games for the Gunners and a loan from six different clubs, he found his place with the national team after making his debut at the age of 28 and became a star at Villa for his play on and off the pitch.
Messi called him a phenomenon after the Copa America, and he’s right. Saturday showed why once again.