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Aston Villa's Emi Martinez a finalist for Fifa best goalkeeper award

Villa goalkeeper Emi Martinez has been named a finalist for Fifa’s goalkeeper of the year award.


The 30-year-old is up against Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois and Sevilla’s Yassine Bounou, with the winner announced at Fifa’s The Best awards on February 27.

Martinez received the Golden Glove Award after being chosen as the best goalkeeper at last year’s World Cup, after his heroics helped Argentina win their third title and first since 1986.

Five goalkeepers were initially nominated for the Fifa prize, with Liverpool’s Alisson Becker and Manchester City’s Edison omitted from the final shortlist chosen by international jury comprising: men’s national team coaches, men’s national team captains, football journalists, and fans who voted on Fifa’s official website.

Martinez has made 95 appearances in all competitions for Villa since joining from Arsenal in a £20million move in 2020.

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