Argentina and Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano ‘Dibu’ Martinez has invested in a very expensive guard dog to ensure that his World Cup winners medal does not get stolen or damaged.
The former Arsenal man was Argentina‘s no.1 goalkeeper for the tournament in Qatar and he was named as the best goalkeeper at the tournament, winning the Golden Glove.
His behaviour during the awards ceremony and then on the bus parade in Buenos Aires has led many to actively criticize the goalkeeper, and he has responded to that by guarding his treasure.
He has splashed out on a 20,000 pound guard dog which has been used by the US Navy Seals in the past.
The breed of dog is a Belgian Malinois and it will protect his wife and two children as well as the precious medal and trophy that he received.
Martinez key in Qatar
Martinez put in some seriously impressive performances as Argentina won their third-ever World Cup, having not won the tournament since 1986. Whilst much of the focus was on Lionel Messi, there was still plenty of appreciation for the quality that Martinez showed.
He made a particularly important save in the final against France during extra-time. If he did not make that save, Argentina would have been beaten before the penalties could even take place.
According to the Daily Star, the dog can weigh up to 30kg and has been used by US Navy Seals and the SAS in combat.
Martinez purchased his loyal hound from Elite Protection Dogs, who know a thing or two about dealing with famous clients.
Their 35 years’ experience has seen the likes of Tottenham ‘keeper Hugo Lloris, ex-Chelsea and Arsenal star Ashley Cole, and even heavyweight boxing king Tyson Fury buy dogs from them.
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