Emiliano Martínez, from a humble childhood in Mar del Plata to being the most expensive Argentine goalkeeper in history

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Almost without trying, Emiliano Martínez got into the history of Argentine football. If it had been for him, he would have remained enjoying the title in the Arsenal goal, a club in which he fought for ten years to get to settle in the first team until finally he won the FA Cup and the Community Shield from last season and was the figure under the three posts. But that was not enough for Spanish coach Mikel Arteta, who warned him that he would return the post to the recovered Bern Leno in this new start.

Just as I had anticipated Clarion In an interview on August 18, Martínez asked to go to another club in order to maintain the long-awaited continuity. Aston Villa took an interest in him and paid about £ 20 million at the start of the Premier League, almost 21.5 million euros, thus transforming it into the most expensive Argentine archer in history. Surpassed Wilfredo Caballero, for whom Manchester City had paid 8 million euros to Malaga.

Her heartbroken cry in the middle of the Olympic lap at Wembley moved the soccer community. Memories of him humble childhood in the El Jardín neighborhood of his native Mar del Plata they came back to his memory after that glorious final whistle. The sacrifice of the past makes the victories of the present tastier.

When his father Alberto did not have a good day at the port, it was difficult to put a good plate of food on the table of the Martinez family. His mother, Susana, also had to work many extra hours so that her two children could study.

Sometimes there was no room to buy booties or clothes. If there was a birthday, sometimes my dad couldn’t get enough and he bought a single gift. It was difficult and I saw how much it cost my parents, “Martínez had revealed to Clarion last month. The effort was worth it and the Martinez present is very different.

The 28-year-old goalkeeper signed the four-year contract that will change his life, sportingly and financially. Those from Birmingham had just lost Pepe Reina and needed a hierarchy replacement. They always ran with an advantage, since they were the first to feel the situation.

They also noticed Sergio Romero, substitute in Manchester United, but they decided on this Mar del Plata who was trained in Independiente under the wing of Miguel Angel Santoro.

Martínez put a spectacular closing of the cycle. Leno’s injury gave him the chance to show himself more than usual and he fit in perfectly. The broke in the FA Cup and served in the Community Shield to achieve two important titles in an irregular year for Arsenal, but personally superior. Amid churning emotions, he lifted his first two trophies as the team’s first goalkeeper.

Martinez comes to Aston Villa to start, which is what he wanted the most. There were six loan assignments while at Arsenal: Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Getafe of Spain and Reading. And now he leaves the club that sheltered him when he arrived at just 17 years old to prioritize his career.

He will be the only Argentine goalkeeper with a guaranteed position in England. Chiquito is relegated at United, Willy Caballero is a substitute in Chelsea and the same happens to Paulo Gazzaniga in Tottenham.

After a decade of struggle, soccer begins to return smiles to Martínez. To the stability he will have in Aston Villa, he will seek to add another chance in the National Team. Lionel Scaloni already mentioned him last year, but he did not debut. And now Martínez will be attentive to the summons that is coming for the Qualifiers. The albiceleste DT has it in his top five, completed by Franco Armani, Esteban Andrada, Agustín Marchesín and Juan Musso.

This record sale is also celebrated in Avellaneda, since Independiente will receive two percent for the solidarity mechanism. It would be around half a million dollars.




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