Emiliano Dibu Martínez was in his home city of Mar del Plata where he spoke about the World Cup final, Lionel Messi and the match vs. Netherlands.
Dibu Martínez was in front of a large crowd, greeted as a national hero. The best goalkeeper of the World Cup commented on the penalty shootout vs. France in the World Cup final. Here is what he had to say:
“When I saved the first penalty in the World Cup final (Kingsley Coman), I knew that the
other guy was going to be very nervous. I tried to play with him mentally, throwing the ball far, talking to him… And he missed it, he screwed it up.
“Believe big. When I started with the national team, I wanted to be a World champion. I did it. I’m a Copa America champion, a World champion.”
Martínez also spoke about Lionel Messi:
“My dream was to give Leo (Messi) a title with the national team Getting him the Copa America and the Finalissima but my final dream as an athlete was to give the best player in the world the World Cup, so that there is no doubt that he’s the greatest.”
In regards to the match vs. Netherlands:
“I remember before the match, the Netherlands coach (Louis van Gaal) criticized us, our players, our captain, Ángel Di María and said that if it went to penalty kicks, they would win. The truth is he was wrong.”