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Argentina Player Labelled As The Most Hated Person In France After FIFA World Cup Antics

Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has been dubbed the 'most hated Argentine' by the press in France, following his behavior in the FIFA World Cup final. As per the Mirror, French publications and politicians are not pleased with the shot-stopper's antics.

After receiving the Golden Glove award for his performance during the tournament, Martinez celebrated by making a rude gesture with the trophy, holding it over his crotch.

Martinez later explained that he made the gesture because French fans were booing him following Argentina's win. The 30-year-old said (via talkSPORT):

"I did it because the French booed me. Pride does not work with me."

The goalkeeper's explanation has not helped matters, as his antics have sparked a backlash in France.

French outlet TF1 has even dubbed Martinez the 'most hated Argentine'. Meanwhile, French congressman Karl Olive noted that the award should be taken from Martinez because of his behavior.

Former France defender Adil Rami has admitted that Martinez is the 'most hated man in football' and claimed that Argentina took more pleasure from beating Mbappe than winning the World Cup.

Rami also stated that Morocco's Yassine Bounou should have won the Golden Glove award. The Sevilla goalie conceded three fewer goals than his Argentine counterpart and kept as many clean sheets despite playing one game less.

TF1 referred to Martinez as an 'agitator who has become his own caricature' while L'Equipe labeled him as a 'specialist in provocation' and a 'born provocateur'.

Martinez also mocked Kylian Mbappe in the dressing room after the game by calling for a minute of silence for the Frenchman.

The former Arsenal goalkeeper went on to ridicule the forward during Argentina's FIFA World Cup trophy celebrations in Buenos Aires. He held a baby doll with Mbappe's face on it while standing next to Lionel Messi.

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