EMILIANO MARTINEZ almost overshadowed his penalty shootout heroics with his X-rated celebration after winning the Golden Glove prize for best keeper at the tournament.
The Aston Villa goalkeeper put in an outstanding performance in the World Cup final as Argentina beat France 4-2 on penalties after a thrilling 3-3 draw.
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He was awarded the individual accolade for being the best goalkeeper in Qatar and when he was handed the trophy, Martinez reacted in an unique way.
The 30-year-old shook hands with Fifa representatives, including Gianni Infantino, before holding the gold award in front of his private area while leaning back and pulling an odd face.
Martinez shocked fans worldwide, one Tweeted: “Never had Martinez using the Golden Glove trophy as a sex toy on my World Cup final bingo card.”
A second commented: “What on Earth was he thinking?”
Another slammed his reaction, saying: “Emi Martinez is proof that men never grow up.”
But some supporters saw the funny side: “Not a single thought in his brain. I love it, I love you Martinez.”
Another reacted: “Martinez claims the best moment of the 2022 Qatar World Cup.”
The ex-Arsenal keeper made a number of big saves in the final and stopped Kingsley Coman’s effort in the penalty shootout.
He also proved vital in Argentina’s quarter-final victory over the Netherlands, saving two penalties from Virgil van Dijk and Steven Berghuis.
Martinez also recorded the joint-most clean sheets in the competition with three.
This is the same amount as Morocco’s Yassine Bounou and England’s Jordan Pickford.
The Argentine winning the Golden Glove tops a remarkable rise from having spells out on loan at Oxford United in 2012 and Rotherham in 2015 to World Cup glory.