The Aston Villa goalkeeper had already written his identify into Argentine folklore by saving two penalties in a shootout in opposition to the Netherlands on the quarter-final stage and as soon as once more stepped as much as the plate.
After a breathless 3-3 draw, the ultimate went to the lottery of a shootout, with Martinez saving from Kingsley Coman as Argentina claimed their third world title.
Earlier than the trophy raise, Martinez received the Golden Gloves award, a trophy handed out to the goalkeeper with essentially the most clear sheets. Whereas Jordan Pickford and Morocco’s Bono additionally completed with three, FIFA’s Technical Examine Group awarded it to Martinez.
After choosing up his award, Martinez held the trophy – an enormous gold-plated hand – to his groin and waved it round as he walked over to affix his teammates.
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