- Emi Martinez's celebration has gained traction among the members of the Argentina squad
- Martinez was on the receiving end of criticism for overzealous celebrations after the World Cup finals
- The wives of Argentina players have now taken cue from his antics
Emi Martinez's controversial celebration has now taken a new direction after the wives of a couple of Argentina stars used it as well.
Argentina's World Cup heroes were treated to a rapturous reception at the Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires on March 23rd.
The squad that beat France in the final on December 18th at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar were present alongside their partners. It was Argentina's first World Cup trophy since 1986 and, more importantly - Lionel Messi's ultimate crowning moment.
Part of the celebrations after the win last year were marred by Martinez's antics which angered French supporters. The Aston Villa goalkeeper also took major swipes at Kylian Mbappe.
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Martinez recreates Mbappe mock
Sports Brief reported that Martinez is bound to generate some reactions yet again after he led Argentinian players in recreating a gesture said to be a troll on France supporters.
Martinez did so in conjunction with Guido Rodriguez and Geronimo Rulli and other players during Argentina's trophy presentation.
The partners of the players jumped in on the celebration as well and guess who posted it first? Mandinha Martinez, the wife of the 'villain-in-chief.'
As Daily Star reports, Mandinha posed alongside the partners of Guido Rodriguez, Geronimo Rulli and Nicolas Tagliafic. They held the replica of the World Cup trophies in their pelvis area as Martinez infamously did in Qatar.
She then uploaded the photo on her Instagram stories.
Messi turns down invitation to dance
Sports Brief has also reported that Lionel Messi turned down a passionate appeal from a fully packed crowd at the Monumental Stadium and his teammates to dance in Argentina's homecoming celebration.
The 35-year-old and his Argentina World Cup-winning mates were treated to a raucous welcome as they paraded the trophy in their first game since winning the Mundial last December.
Amid the fanfare and jamboree, the Paris Saint-Germain forward was asked to dance as the crowd serenaded the players with unbridled chants. Messi, who is naturally introverted, waived the chance to dance despite several appeals made by his teammates and the excited crowd.