From start to finish, a video of Salt Bae posing with Lisandro Martinez after Argentina’s historic World Cup victory over France is awkward.
Salt Bae, reɑl name Nusret Gokce, is a controversial Turkish butcher, chef, and restaurateur. In fɑct, following the game on Sunday, the 39-year-old was chastised for breɑking a World Cup rule.
He posed for photos with Angel Di Maria, Cristian Romero, and Lionel Messi, who didn’t seem pleased after the celebrity chef tried to get his attention twice.
It did not end there, either. Gokce, a friend of FIFA president Gianni Infantino, stood next to Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez, who appeared awkward throughout.
The presence of Salt Bae in the World Cup final raised some eyebrows.
“I’d love to hear FIFA explain why this celebrity chef gets access to the pitch during a World Cup final for selfies with Messi, etc,” Times reporter Martyn Ziegler said.
Before that bizarre encounter, Martinez showed class by consoled Manchester United teammate Raphael Varane after Gonzalo Montiel’s winning penalty secured Argentina’s first world title since 1986.
Martinez, a former Ajax center-back, took the time to console his colleague as his teammates celebrated the historic victory, a move that was widely praised.
Martinez and Cristian Romero decided to play a relaxing game of FIFA around 6 a.m. after the celebrations had died down.
After a strong start to life at Old Trafford, the 24-year-old defender earned a spot in Argentina’s 26-man World Cup squad. He recently took his mother, Silvina, to meet Lionel Messi, and her reaction was priceless.
Martinez is a loving father. The Manchester United defender paid tribute to his family after it was announced that he would be part of Argentina’s World Cup squad in November.
“I dreamed it, visualized it, asked for it, wished for it, and felt it so much that today this enormous dream that I have had since I was a child comes true,” he said.
“I remember being so excited when my parents gave me the national team shirt because I was going to play ball in the neighborhood pretending to be one of the players.
“I will be eternally grateful to the people who meɑn the most to me for always knowing they are in my heart!” Let us all unite, stronger than ever. “Here we come, Argentina.”
He also brought his mother, Silvina, to meet teammate and seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi ahead of the tournament in Qatar.
Lionel Messi meets the mother of Lisandro Martinez. Instagram photographer
Silvina posted photos of them in what appears to be a hotel lobby to her Instagram page.
“A dream I never expected to reɑlize,” she wrote. “With the best in the world. Thank you so much, football guru.”
Martinez sobbed in his post-match interview as Argentina advanced to the World Cup semi-finals after playing a key role in Argentina’s drɑmɑtic penalty shootout victory over the Netherlands.
“It was unbelievable,” he told DEPORTV. “I just freed [when the final penalty was scored], because we didn’t deserve to end like that. We were miles ahead of them. I want to hug everyone: the players, the coaches, the entire team!”