Emiliano Dibu Martínez on Lionel Messi, Ángel Di María at the World Cup


Emiliano Dibu Martínez commented on both Lionel Messi and Ángel Di María, and their performances at the World Cup.

Dibu Martínez spoke about Lionel Messi winning the Man of the Match awards at the World Cup and Messi’s future with the Argentina national team. Speaking in an interview with SC_ESPN, here is what he had to say:

“On a collective level, individually, many players were at the top level. Guys that were playing in their first World Cup, including myself. We knew how to take the pressure off of one side and enjoy the World Cup. Obviously, the 10 (Lionel Messi) helped us in every match.

“I told him “stop winning the Man of the Match in every game, leave something for the poor.” I think we got along very well. Hopefully it wasn’t his last World Cup. It took so much from him to win titles with the national team and now that we have won three finals in a row, why not keep trying. Once the door is opened for you, you have to continue walking through the tunnel. I think he has more.”

Martínez also commented on Ángel Di María and his performances in the finals for Argentina:

“Ángelito did not play in the semis and in the final he was our best player. You need guys who stand out at key moments. When Ángelito left the pitch, I applauded him on the inside because I think he gave us the World Cup final.

“He was the most decisive player in the finals. He did it at the Maracanã, he did it at Wembley, where he played a great game. He had a knock before the final against France and for the way he played the final, I will be eternally grateful.”