Emiliano Martínez, the “Dibu” from Mar del Plata, idol of Argentines since Qatar 2022, was awarded the Lev Yashin Distinction as the best goalkeeper in the world for the 2022 season. The award was given to him by his father Alberto, and the goalkeeper was moved when he said that “El Gordo – because of his father – has followed me everywhere since I was very young and this is a surprise and a very great emotion, but it would not have been possible without the help of my teammates and coaching staff of the National Team and Aston Villa.” “And this is a pampering for my career, the most important thing I already won,” he added.
When reviewing the key moments that determined his choice on the official screen, the penalties saved in the World Cup definitions against the Netherlands, in the quarterfinals, and France, in the final, stood out. But there was a special detail in the great save he made against Randall Kolo Muani in the last play of the world final. “At the time I didn’t even see who kicked me. France was the last champion, we had played 75 brilliant minutes, but Kylian Mbappé played a great game and took us to that finish that I personally would have liked to have come sooner with Lautaro’s header.” El Dibu competed for the Lev Yashin award against Bono (Sevilla and Al-Hilal), Onana (Inter and Manchester United), Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid), Ederson (Manchester City), Dominik Livakovic (Fenerbahce), Mike Maignan (Milan ), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal), Brice Samba (Lens) and Marc Ter Stegen (Barcelona).
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