Emiliano Martínez speaks at press conference before World Cup final


Emiliano Martínez spoke at a press conference on Saturday before the World Cup final.

Martínez was the player who spoke at the press conference as he commented on the Argentina national team and the World Cup final. Here is what he had to say:

“It’s crazy to be in the World Cup final. We started with a loss to Saudi Arabia but we improved match by match.

“It was a difficult road but we said that we were not going to leave the country in bad conditions, that we wanted to get to play in the World Cup final.

“It’s difficult not to think in how much it has cost us to get here. I have been a fighter my entire life. It’s very emotional to have the entire Argentine people defend the goal with me but when the match starts, I have a cold mind.”

In regards to France and the World Cup final:

“We were looking at France because they also could have been our opponent in the Round of 16. They have a great defense and four very dangerous forwards.

“We like that they say the other team is more of the favorite. We don’t feel inferior to anyone.

“When we went to play Brazil, they were the favorites. Now for many the favorite is France. But we have the best player in the world.

“They made a lot of comments about South American football but it’s very difficult to talk when you haven’t played there.”

When asked about how he is and the support:

“We feel at home in every match, we feel the people very close to us. It’s a big advantage.

“I am a normal kid. I don’t lose my temper when things are going well and I don’t get depressed when they go wrong. When I am in Argentina, I am with those who ask for pictures all the time. I was not born in a golden cradle and I value that.”


  1. I still have my Argentina jersey (from either 2006 or 2010). I have worn it no more than twice.
    I tried it on today and it fits perfectly well.
    I might wear it tomorrow if we win GOD WILLING.
    It is the away JErsey.

  2. Vamos Emi.. vamos leo. Vamos Argentina. Victory is not guaranteed.. neither is defeat. What is/ can be guaranteed is that we will play our best game tomorrow. We will leave with our heads high and proud of our performance – cup or no cup…
    We love you even when you didn’t have anything for 35 years and we continued to love you the same after copa.

    Victory, defeat, injury, illness, joy, sorrow, frustration, bliss, retirement, re- entry we were with you… we will be with you long after tomorrow and so will our children and their children…
    I do not ask for the worldcup, I ask for a worldcup worthy performance… rest is luck.
    We’re not Plastic, we’re flesh, blood and soul supporters… NOTHING will change that.

    Vamos muchachos!

  3. The security this guy provided us at the Goal is massive, We haven’t had a Goal Keeper like him for years. Such an inspirational story he has. He wasn’t even starting for his club. Now he is playing the biggest Football match ever possible. Miraculous.

    • Had we had this guy instead of Caballero in 2018, we’d be the defending champions.
      That guy literally ….and I mean literally, handed the tournament to the French.

      Oh, Higuain too has had his bad moments.
      This is hopefully our time God willing. I feel sad that Aguero and Mascherano won’t be there to share in the glory should we win but then again, perhaps that is how it was intended.
      Good luck.

  4. “I was not born in a golden cradle and I value that.” – well said, Emi Martinez. Respect. Whoever commented on South American football himself hails from a humble family dedicated to sports. He has done very well like you too. Don’t let those ill-spoken words eat into your nerves and damage the focus. We saw the distractions caused by the Dutch coach. His foul words almost served their purpose.

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