Emi Martinez Debuts New Haircut As Argentina Kick Off Copa America Title Defence With Victory

Emi Martinez Debuts New Haircut As Argentina Kick Off Copa America Title Defence With Victory

Byron Pillay
June 21, 2024 at 12:07 PM
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  • Argentina kicked off their Copa America title defence with a 2-0 victory over Canada in the tournament's first match
  • Aston Villa goalkeeper, Emi Martinez, kept a clean sheet and also debuted a unique hairstyle for the 2024 tournament
  • He previously had three stars shaved into the back of his head to mark the amount of World Cups Argentina had clinched

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Emi Martinez is no stranger to unique hairstyles and has debuted a new one for the Copa America tournament.

The 48th edition of the tournament has officially kicked off in the United States of America, and Argentina are looking to defend the title that they won in 2021.

Emiliano Martinez kept a clean sheet as Argentina beat Canada in the Copa America.
Emi Martinez debuted a new hairstyle at Copa America that had many asking what the SA was for. Image: Alex Slitz.
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La Albiceleste kicked off the tournament with a 2-0 win over Canada in the opening game on June 20, thanks to goals from Julian Alvarez and Lautaro Martinez in the second half.

While Lionel Messi once again made headlines, much focus was on Martinez and his new hairstyle.

The Aston Villa keeper had the letters 'SA' shaved into the back of his hair, prompting many to question what it meant.

Why Martinez has SA on his hair

As noted by GOAL, the keeper’s latest haircut pays tribute to his children.

The World Cup winner has two kids, Santiago and Ava, and is keeping them close to him in his own way.

Martinez’s previous hairstyles

The Argentinian keeper is known for his wild celebrations and also his unique hairstyles.

Ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-finals against Croatia, Martinez had one side of his head in the colours of the Argentinian flag.

After La Albiceleste won the title, Martinez had three stars shaved into the back of his head to represent the three world titles that the national team won.

Martinez explains improper World Cup celebration

Sports Brief also reported that Martinez discussed his 'improper' celebration after the 2022 FIFA World Cup final.

The Aston Villa goalkeeper won the Golden Glove award for his performances throughout the tournament in Qatar.

His celebrations with the trophy tarnished his image a bit and the keeper admitted he disobeyed Messi by doing it.

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Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.