Emiliano Martinez has been hailed as “one of the best goalkeepers in the world” by none other than Lionel Messi.
The Aston Villa keeper has established himself as Argentina’s number one goalkeeper after years of uncertainty in net, having now made 11 caps for his country after impressing against Uruguay on Sunday night.
He was imperious in goal, saving Luis Suarez twice and winning a clean sheet as L’Albiceleste as they scored their authority in second place in their World Cup qualifying group with a 3 victory. -0.
Messi, Rodrigo De Paul and Lautaro Martinez have found the net – and the PSG superstar hailed his teammate for his brilliant performance.
“Dibu [Emiliano] Martinez is fundamental. Messi said, speaking to TNT Sports.
“When they come to him, he always responds.
“He won in goal and we have one of the best goalies in the world.”
Eyebrows were raised when Arsenal cleared Martinez to leave for Villa for £ 20million last year.
The goalkeeper had spent a decade in the Emirates and was just starting to prove his worth before being whipped at the Midlands club.
Mikel Arteta has revealed that the cash-strapped Gunners simply need to sell him with the freshest Bernd Leno, considered the long-term number one between the sticks.
Martinez, however, arguably proved he was the best goalkeeper last season – and he cast a shadow over his former club last year by saying he thought his move to Villa was a not forward rather than down.
He said: “They all said it was a step forward in my career, but I always said it was a step forward.
“When I decided to come to Villa it was because I trusted the manager and the ambitions of the club, and I knew how great Villa is.
“Some people don’t realize how big Aston Villa is. I said on the first day that my ambition was to be in Europe with Aston Villa.
“I want to take this club as high as possible and we are on the right track. Is it possible this season? Yes. But we have to work for it.
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