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'I Want to Die for Him,' Emiliano Martinez on Argentina Icon Lionel Messi

Arjun Singh Devgan
Emiliano Martinez played a key role in Argentina winning the 2021 Copa America
Emiliano Martinez played a key role in Argentina winning the 2021 Copa America / EVARISTO SA/Getty Images
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Argentina and Aston Villa goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez has opened up on what it meant winning the 2021 Copa America title and what it especially meant for him to win it with footballing superstar, Lionel Messi.

Argentina beat Brazil to win their first Copa America title since 1993 and Martinez played a key role in the title win as he saved three penalties in the semi-final and made a number of saves in the final to eventually win the Golden Glove award.

He has on numerous occasions opened up on the influence that Messi has on the side and is just above the moon that he helped the record six-time Ballon d'Or winner lay hands on his first major honour with Argentina.

“You say ‘he made the players excited’, me too and I’m a goalkeeper. I wish I had played every match in a league with him. I would be a much better goalkeeper. I want to give him life, I want to die for him," he said to Ole.

The 28-year-old also went on to use a popular Japanese anime series to describe how playing with Messi helps him improve on his goalkeeping skills.

"I got much better [with Aston Villa] but with the national team, I got better by 10% or 15%. You know when you watch Dragon Ball Z as a kid? I’m Vegeta and when I played with Messi, I turned into Super Saiyan,” he added.

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