“He went on to finish ahead of Bukayo Saka and Odegard in the 2023 Balon d’Or ranking after Arsenal sold him for just £17 million.”- Legendary Arsenal player Patrick Vierra says he is now rated higher than EVERY Arsenal player and that the club made a mistake by letting their “big player” walk out carelessly.
STAR ARSENAL SOLD FOR £17M HAS JUST COMPLETED ABOVE BUKAYO SAKA & MARTIN ODEGAARD IN THE 2023 BALLON D’OR.
The 2023 Ballon d’Or shortlist includes Arsenal’s trio of Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, and goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez of Aston Villa.
Three years after being traded by Arsenal to Aston Villa for £17 million, Emiliano Martinez has advanced significantly in his career (Sky Sports).
From taking over as Aston Villa’s starting goalkeeper and recording 14 shutouts in his debut campaign, to this summer’s trip back to Europe.
However, Emiliano Martinez has achieved the greatest success abroad, emerging as Argentina’s undeniable top player and contributing significantly to the country’s 2022 World Cup victory in Qatar.
The 31-year-old beat out former Arsenal teammate Bukayo Saka, who was ranked 24th, to be ranked 15th for the Ballon d’Or 2023.
While his captain, Martin Odegaard, came in 28th place after leading Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal to a narrow defeat in the Premier League with 15 goals and 8 assists.
He is ranked 15th for the 2023 Men’s Ballon d’Or! #ballondor @emimartinezz1@AVFCOfficial@Argentina pic.twitter.com/koOrjVSRsv
— Ballondor (@ballondor), hashtag The Ballon d’Or on October 30, 2023
How Emiliano Martinez came to be
Martinez spent most of his career playing a reserve role and being loaned out frequently, failing to establish himself as Arsenal’s first choice.
However, choosing to attend Villa transformed his life and career by providing him with a stage on which he could perform freely.
And he accomplished this in a number of ways, even if it did enrage the opposition, as his World Cup penalty heroics and stoppage-time saves have solidified his legacy in Argentina’s football history.