Lisandro Martinez Profile

Name Lisandro Martinez
Born Jan 18, 1998
Age 24 years
Birthplace Gualeguay, Argentina
Height 5ft 9ins

After great success in the Eredivisie, Argentinian international defender Lisandro Martinez is now making his way in the Premier League with Manchester United.

The Argentinian began his playing career at Newell's Old Boys, but only made one appearance for the club.

He initially left on loan to sign for Defensa y Justicia where he eventually signed permanently making 46 appearances.

The plaudits he earned in Argentina earned him a move to prestigious European club Ajax, where he would first meet Erik ten Hag. Martinez enjoyed a very successful spell with Ajax which earned him a £47million transfer to Manchester United.

Martinez has also seen success on the international stage in his short career. He contributed to Argentina's success in the 2021 Copa America, playing alongside fellow Newells' native and seven-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi.

Martinez at Ajax

As it is for all players who move continents, Martinez transfer to Ajax was a journey into the unknown. But not for the Dutch giants who had followed his career in-depth for two years.

In his statement following the £6m signing, Marc Overmars the then director of football of Ajax referred to the mentality of the player and his capacity to improve.

The time that Martinez spent at Ajax improved him greatly as a player and brought him silverware.

His first season at the club was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Ajax were top of the Eredivisie at the time, but the season was eventually abandoned.

As well as the 2021 KNVB Cup, the Argentine won the Eredivisie twice. He was a part of a meagre defence that conceded only 23 goals in 34 games in the 2020/21 season.

In the following season Martinez won the Rinus Michels award for the Ajax player of the season as the club won the Eredivisie only conceding 19 goals.

Additionally, the versatile Argentine received great praise for his performances in the UEFA Champions League with a particularly memorable night where he kept Erling Haaland and Dortmund quiet in a 4-0 victory.

Transfer to Manchester United

The appointment of Ten Hag at Manchester United had many speculating there would be a reunion with Martinez.

The Old Trafford club eventually forked out £47m, plus £8.5 million in add-ons in July 2022 to bring Martinez to Manchester, as Ten Hag raided his old side for star names. Fellow Ajax alumni Anthony moved to United in August.

Ten Hag referred to Martinez as a warrior with fighting spirit who would bring a good form of aggressiveness to Manchester United's football. The manager also believes that Martinez will restore pride and bring a connection to fans that has been lacking.

Early criticism at Manchester United

Martinez is not the archetype of a British centre-half. His 5ft 9in stature has led to many comments and criticism in his time at the club.

Concerns were not eased by Manchester United's two opening defeats at home to Brighton and away to Brentford.

It was believed that Martinez was incapable of dealing with the physicality of the Premier League, with Danny Welbeck and Ivan Toney respectively having great joy in back-to-back fixtures.

Brighton player Adam Lallana admitted that they had planned to target Martinez aerially. Many pundits believed other sides would follow this tactic.

However, the defender started to overcome the doubters at Old Trafford as the club managed to deliver an upturn in form with four straight wins.

Martinez has already gone toe-to-toe with even the most physical Premier League strikers, living up to the nickname 'The Butcher' which he gained at Ajax.

However, Erling Haaland's success in the 6-3 Manchester derby defeat shows that there are still improvements to be made.

Martinez with Argentina

Martinez played at Under-20 and Under-23 levels for Argentina before gaining his first full cap against Venezuela in March 2019.

He was part of the Argentina squad who lifted the 2021 Copa America, but only made one appearance during the tournament in the 4-1 group win over Bolivia.

Martinez personal life

Martinez has been with current girlfriend Muri Lopez Benitez since he was 14 years old.

Martinez net worth

Martinez's net worth is believed to be around £31million, and he is reportedly on around £120,000 a week salary.

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