A Controversial Interview with Mauricio Pinilla
A few days after Argentina’s World Cup victory in Qatar, Mauricio Pinilla, the former Chilean striker who played in the 2014 World Cup and won 2 Copa America titles against Argentina, sparked controversy with his strong criticism of Emiliano Martínez for celebrating a baby with Mbappé’s face.
Pinilla’s Latest Criticism
Almost a year later, Pinilla once again questioned the goalkeeper and joined Lionel Messi in his criticism. He sarcastically remarked, “If you win the Golden Ball in the MLS, you decide that we have all the locomotives or that the MLS becomes a world power in the sport.” This video went viral and drew various reactions from users, including the host of the ESPN program.
Pinilla’s Thoughts on Dibu Martínez
Pinilla took the opportunity to criticize Dibu Martínez for winning the Lev Yashin award as the best player of the season, despite his limited playing time with the Argentine national team and Aston Villa. He stated, “What Dibu Martínez did is ridiculous.”
Pinilla’s Previous Criticism
In December 2022, Pinilla criticized the attitude of the Argentine goalkeeper during the World Cup celebrations in Argentina. He expressed his disapproval of Martínez carrying a baby doll with Mbappé’s face, saying, “If I were a goalkeeper, I wouldn’t walk around with a baby doll of someone who scored four goals against me.”
Pinilla’s Rivalry with Argentina
Mauricio Pinilla was one of the key figures for Chile during their rivalry with Argentina in the Copa America tournaments of 2015 and 2016. He faced Lionel Messi and his team in the finals and played alongside other notable players like Alexis Sánchez and Eduardo Vargas.
Pinilla’s Retirement and Impact
Pinilla retired in 2021 but is still remembered for his impactful tattoo that marked Chile’s farewell to the World Cup in 2014 against Brazil.