Mbappe Responds to Emi Martinez and Argentina’s Post World Cup Charade

Mbappe Responds to Emi Martinez and Argentina’s Post World Cup Charade

Elijah Odetokun
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:21 PM
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  • Argentina beat France to win the World Cup in Qatar, despite Kylian Mbappe's heroics
  • Argentina goalkeeper Emi Martinez has engaged in endless mockery of the PSG star
  • Mbappe spoke to the media for the first time and gave a perfect response to the trolls

It has been 11 days since the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup ended with Argentina and Lionel Messi lifting the trophy, but the tournament is still a major talking point and dominating headlines in the media.

Transfer speculation surrounding stars of the World Cup, opinions and analysis post the Mundial are still in demand, as well as news of the ongoing feuds that emanated from the 2022 final.

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Kylian Mbappe unbothered by Emi Martinez’s post World Cup charade. Photos by Catherine Steenkeste/Marvin Ibo Guengoer.
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Argentina goalkeeper Emi Martinez has engaged in endless mockery of Kylian Mbappe, from asking for a minute's silence for him to carrying a toy with his face pasted on it, according to the Mirror.

Some fans of the South American nation also burned a coffin with a picture of the France international on it. This happened on Mbappe's 24th birthday on December 20, just two days after the World Cup final loss, as revealed by Sports Bible.

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Mbappe responds to Martinez

The France World Cup star returned to PSG training just three days after playing in the World Cup final, as reported by France 24, and played in the first Ligue 1 game back against Strasbourg.

He won a last-minute penalty which he converted to help the Parisians make a winning return, after Neymar was sent off for two yellow card offenses, as reported by CBS Sports.

Speaking to the media after the match, as quoted by GFFN, Mbappe gave an unbothered response to the charade from the Aston Villa goalkeeper and from Argentina fans.

“They are not my problem. I don’t have energy to waste on such futile things.” he said.

Martinez gets World Cup tattoo

Martinez made an important save in the final, from a Randal Kolo Muani shot with 20 seconds left to go in extra time. The save took the match to a shootout, which Argentina went on to win.

The former Arsenal goalkeeper linked up with Argentine tattoo artist Juan Skunca to have a picture of the World Cup trophy drawn on the exact spot, as reported by Sports Brief.

He is yet to return to England for Aston Villa, where coach Unai Emery is reportedly not a fan of his, and will reportedly want a move as early as January.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.