Emiliano Martinez wins prize for men's best goalkeeper at FIFA's The Best awards after World Cup exploits
- Martinez the shootout hero in Qatar
- Awarded Golden Glove
- Dedicated emotional speech to parents
WHAT HAPPENED? The Aston Villa shot stopper produced heroics in the shootout and was awarded the Golden Glove as the tournament's best goalkeeper. On Monday, an emotional Martinez dedicated his victory to his parents, having pipped Sevilla's Yassine Bounou and Real Madrid's Thibault Courtois to the award.
Emi Martinez wins The Best FIFA Men's Goalkeeper 2022 🧤 pic.twitter.com/ic78Xcv3xw— GOAL (@goal) February 27, 2023
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Martinez's efforts helped win both his and Argentina's second major international trophy in a matter of years. The Villa 'keeper made a name for himself at saving penalties in the Albiceleste's 2021 Copa America triumph. Then, at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, he produced a vital 123rd-minute save to deny Randal Kolo Muani before saving Kingsley Coman's spot-kick, as Lionel Scaloni's side were sealed their third world crown.
WHAT NEXT? Martinez is next in action for Villa against Crystal Palace on Saturday.