Emiliano Martinez and Lionel Messi have arguably been Argentina’s most critical players at the Qatar World Cup. While the former Barcelona captain created and finished goal after goal, the goalkeeper’s importance has been nothing less, with the penalty shootout against the Netherlands being a perfect example.
The Aston Villa shot-stopper shares a special bond with Messi and has often spoken openly about how he would do anything to ensure his captain’s dream is fulfilled.
I never did think I would see a better player than Messi at the 2021 Copa America but the fact is in this World Cup he is even better.”
France are largely touted to be favourites in the final given their star-studded squad, but the Premier League player said the Argentines were accustomed to being called underdogs.
“When we went to play Brazil, they were the favourites. Now for many, the favorite is France. But we have the best player in the world.”
The whole world will have its eyes on Messi on Sunday as the legend has one last shot at completing the sport he has dominated for years.
Nevertheless, it will take a special effort from every single player in the famous blue-and-white to get over the line, and Martinez will be one of the most vital pieces on the board.