Emiliano Martínez, one of the Argentine heroes in the World Cup that was held in Qatar, captured the attention of his fans when he bought a Belgian Malinois to guard his home in Birmingham earlier this year. The canine was specially trained and can weigh up to 30 kilograms. In addition, it is the breed that is normally used by the SEALS in the United States or the Special Air Service in Great Britain to carry out the different tasks of surveillance and ground patrol.
The goalkeeper who made his debut a little over a year and a half ago in the Albiceleste team is recognized for his confidence, his strong personality and his outstanding performances that led him to be wanted by all the teams seeking glory. But away from the courts, Dibu also surprised with the violent training he uses for his new companion, who was adopted through Elite Protection Dogs, a company specialized in the subject that has already helped other sports leaders in the same search. like the French figure Hugo Lloris, the retired soccer player Ashley Cole and the British boxer Tyson Fury.
Through his social networks, the man from Mar del Plata taught the training he applies to his pet to help him care for his family in the face of any possible danger or threat. As reported by the media in England, the Argentine would have disbursed a total of 20,000 pounds sterling throughout the process to ensure that his dog serves both to keep him, his wife Mandinha and their children Santi and Ava company, as well as to transmit security doors inwards.
“Belgian Malinois are working dogs chosen by the military and police as number 1 worldwide. Malinois were used by US Navy Seals in the bin Laden capture operation. The breed is super-athletic and agile, with an extreme prey drive that makes them excellent candidates for any task at work,” explained a member of the company that sold the dog to Dibu in a chat with the Daily Star portal.
El Dibu had already achieved recognition from the Argentine public in the 2021 Copa América, but with the Middle East title his name will be recorded as one of the protagonists of the third star for Creole football. His save at the end of the match against Australia in the round of 16 and the two penalties in the quarterfinals against the Netherlands will be remembered for years by the fans who already had him as one of his favorites.
If his figure was already adored from the “Look how I eat you” penalty shootout in the continental semifinal against Colombia in Brazil 2021, his performance in leading Lionel Scaloni’s team to the conquest of the World Cup in the desert of the Gulf country will remain unanswered. always in the history of Argentine soccer. Even in the historic duel against France, he had a stellar role in the definition from twelve steps and a heroic save when the game was 3-3 and there was no time for anything else.