Following the World Cup final, Emiliano Martinez of Argentina and France’s Kylian Mbappe have both publicly criticised each other. Mbappe has stated that he will not “waste energy” on their insults.
Martinez emerged as Argentina’s hero as they prevailed in a penalty shootout following a thrilling 180 minutes in Qatar that saw France come back from deficits twice. Wild celebrations followed the victory in Argentina and Qatar.
Mbappe scored a hat-trick in the match, becoming just the second player in World Cup history to do so (the first was England’s, Geoff Hurst). Although he was on the losing side of the match, the Paris Saint-Germain player lived up to the hype before the game.
Why is Emiliano Martinez being criticized?
Martinez has been a part of some contentious celebrations, including a few that appeared to be directed at Mbappe, during the win. Before being photographed holding a doll with Mbappe’s face stuck on it during the victory parade in Argentina, the goalkeeper was seen in the locker room after the game asking for a moment of silence for the France player.
What did Kylian Mbappe say in this situation?
“They are not my problem. I don’t have the energy to waste on such futile things,” Mbappe said.
“I’ll never digest it. But like I told my coach and teammates, there’s no reason that my club should pay for a defeat with my national team, it’s two different situations. The message was simple – it was to show that, whatever goes on with the national team, PSG is a separate thing and I’m still determined to bring every trophy to the capital.”
Kylian Mbappe is now focused on helping PSG again to win the Ligue 1, said: “Because it’s not my club’s fault that we lost the world final with the French team. Now I have to give everything for PSG,”
Meanwhile, Martinez’s celebrations will be discussed with him when he returns to training, according to Villa manager Unai Emery. “Of course, when you have a big emotion, it’s sometimes difficult to control it,” he said. I will speak with him next week about some of the celebrations, but I respect, him because he is now in his national team. When he’s going to be back with us and he’s our responsibility [again], then we can speak about it.”
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