Emiliano Martinez continues to taunt Kylian Mbappe by holding a baby DOLL with the French star’s face on it – while standing next to his PSG team-mate Lionel Messi – during Argentina’s chaotic victory parade around Buenos Aires
Argentina’s goalkeeping hero Emiliano Martinez has continued to taunt Kylian Mbappe on his birthday by holding a baby doll with the French star’s face on it during Argentina’s World Cup victory parade around Buenos Aires.
To make matters worse, Martinez in fact held the Mbappe doll aloft while standing next to the 24-year-old’s PSG team-mate Lionel Messi as the pair celebrated Argentina’s penalty shootout win against France.
Argentina’s players, including Golden Glove winner Martinez, spent the day parading the World Cup trophy around the capital before it was abandoned over security issues, with fans filmed jumping onto the bus.
Emi Martinez continued to taunt Kylian Mbappe, this time by holding a doll with the French star’s face on while next to his PSG team-mate Lionel Messi
Martinez was also pictured making this rude gesture with his Golden Glove award after the World Cup final
Martinez was hugely influential in Argentina’s triumph, making a crucial last-gasp save at the end of extra-time to deny Randal Kolo Muani before denying Kingsley Coman in the penalty shootout to inspire La Albiceleste to their first World Cup success since 1986.
But it’s not the first time that Martinez has taunted Mbappe – who somehow came out on the losing side of a World Cup final despite netting a hat-trick and putting the ball past the Argentine keeper on four separate occasions.
The Aston Villa keeper brutally mocked Mbappe during Argentina’s dressing room celebrations by calling for a minute’s silence for the French striker.
It came even though the 30-year-old was seen as one of the first people to console Mbappe following France’s gut wrenching defeat.
Martinez risked annoying France fans more when he celebrated a missed penalty by dancing
Emiliano Martinez mocked Kylian Mbappe after Argentina’s World Cup triumph on Sunday by calling for a minute’s silence for the Frenchman as his side partied in their dressing room
The pair were also all smiles when they were pictured together as Golden Glove and Golden Boot winners – alongside Golden Ball winner Lionel Messi and Young Player of the Tournament Enzo Fernandez.
But since the pair departed the Lusail Stadium turf, Martinez has apparently had it in for the French star.
It is most likely related to the PSG forward’s comments six months before the tournament. Mbappe said: ‘The advantage we have in Europe is that we play among ourselves with high-level matches all the time, such as the Nations League.
Martinez was all smiles with Mbappe when the pair were awarded the Golden Glove and Golden Boot awards
Martinez was also seen consoling Mbappe after France’s brutal World Cup defeat, but the Villa keeper later taunted him.
‘When we arrive at the World Cup, we are ready, where 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.’
Martinez responded to the claims ahead of the final and said: ‘He said that the level of South America is lower than the European level because he did not play there.
‘If you do not have the experience then it is difficult to comment, but nothing was wrong with what he said. They know we are a world class team and they respect us for that.’
The Argentine goalkeeper – who started dancing when Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni missed his penalty – also made a lewd gesture when he was awarded the Golden Glove trophy.
He was pictured making a rude gesture with the gong as he held it over his private parts.
Martinez has since explained that he did it because French fans were booing him during Argentina’s thrilling final win.