Wife of Argentina goalkeeper Emilano Martinez is far from a conventional WAG
Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez may have raised eyebrows at his World Cup-winning antics – but his level-headed wife is a far cry from the conventional image of a WAG.
Mother-of-two Amanda Martinez, 35, also known as Mandinha, is the chief executive officer of her own upscale interior design company, which specializes in creating imaginative bedrooms and playrooms for children.
While her flamboyant Aston Villa goalkeeper husband, nicknamed Dibu, is now infamous around the world for his lewd gesture as he held his Golden Glove trophy to his crotch after Argentina’s win, she has her feet firmly on the ground
Amanda’s company MiSuenos Kids sells children’s clothing, toys, furniture and nursery equipment online and through a showroom in Radlett, Hertfordshire, which also offers toddler and baby classes, including sensory activities so “little ones learn through play”.
Amanda, the wife of Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, is the CEO of her own interior design company
Mom-of-two Amanda Martinez, 35, aka Mandinha, specializes in creating imaginative bedrooms and playrooms for children
The products she currently sells range from a £30.90 discounted yellow boys coat and £12.50 dungarees, to a £4,990 Oriana Fairytale bunk bed, a £3,999 Playhouse bunk bed and a luxury electric car by D.Throne for £4,300.
The only nod to her sporting hero husband among the items she sells are copies of his Spanish language book Dibu Martinez – Pasión Por El Fútbol for £12.99.
Amanda’s embrace of her “yummy mommy” world of designer clothes and children’s furniture is at odds with her six-foot-tall husband’s apparent delight in promoting oversized burgers that a fast food chain in Argentina has named after him.
The new Mega Dibu burger with high-calorie cheese and bacon will be sold by Mostaza, the second largest fast-food restaurant in Argentina after McDonald’s.
Martinez, 30, who lives in a £2.3million home near Birmingham with his wife and two children, has enthusiastically endorsed the less-than-healthy delicacy, tweeting last month: “Passion leads you to fame”.
The Argentinian star was praised for his skills on the pitch during the World Cup, but also drew attention for his behavior during and after his side’s World Cup victory over France.
Martinez made a dramatic “starfish save” in the last minute of extra time in the final to prevent Randal Kolo Muani from scoring a crucial goal and clinching victory in Qatar.
The products she currently sells range from a £30.90 discounted yellow coat for boys and £12.50 dungarees to an Oriana Fairytale bunk bed for £4,990
Goalkeeper Martinez made headlines around the world for his antics against France during the World Cup final, including dancing after a French player missed a penalty
He also made a suggestive gesture as he held his Golden Glove trophy to his crotch after Argentina’s win in front of stunned Qatari officials
Then, when the score was 3-3, he played a series of mind games to deter the French players during the penalty shoot-out. This included asking the referee twice to check the ball’s placement before it was kicked.
Martinez also threw the ball away from Aurélien Tchouaméni, apparently distracting him enough to put his penalty wide, leading some commentators to accuse him of cheating.
He made his rude gesture with his Golden Glove in front of stunned Qatari officials after receiving it and later claimed he did so in response to French fans who booed him.
Martinez was later cheekily spotted during a conga in the dressing room, demanding a “moment of silence” for French star Kylian Mbappe as he celebrated with his team-mates.
During a chaotic victory parade in Buenos Aires, he took aim at Mbappe again as he stood shirtless and holding a puppet with his face covered by a picture of the French player.
Martinez grew up in poverty in Mar del Plata, a port city on Argentina’s Atlantic coast. His parents were so poor that sometimes they could only feed him rice.
His father, Alberto, worked long hours as a truck driver delivering fish, while his mother, Susana, cleaned apartments and dropped Emiliano and his brother Alejandro at the bus stop at 6:30 a.m. to go to school alone.
Amanda lives in a £2.3million home near Birmingham with her husband and two children
The Argentinian star was praised for his skills on the pitch during the World Cup, but also drew attention for his behavior during and after his side’s World Cup victory over France
Martinez has previously spoken of his agony when he saw his father crying late at night under the stress of unpaid bills and his parents left without food to make sure he and his brother could eat.
He left home at the age of 12 for Buenos Aires to join Independiente football club as a youth player and lived in a hotel where his parents could only afford to visit him every two weeks.
Martinez left Argentina aged 17 after being offered a trial by Arsenal which resulted in him being given a youth contract with the north London club.
He made just six Premier League appearances for Arsenal from his arrival in 2010 until 2019, when he was loaned to other clubs including Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham.
Martinez also had stints at Wolverhampton Wanders and at Getafe in Spain, where he barely played, before joining Reading United on loan in 2019.
He watched the 2014 World Cup final over an asado (barbecue) with friends back home in Argentina and traveled to Russia with his brother in 2018 to attend the finals as a spectator.
His career finally took off after Aston Villa signed him on a four-year, £17million deal in 2020.
But while Martinez is now a hero in his country of birth, MailOnline can reveal that he previously identified himself as a Spanish citizen in the records of Companies House in the UK.
Martinez did not mention his ties to Argentina in the records of two companies he owned, despite being born in the South American country
Instead, under details asking about his nationality, he listed himself as Spanish, suggesting he may have adopted dual citizenship to make it easier to play in Europe.
His Spanish citizenship is believed to have never been announced before and it might come as a shock to the legions of fans in his home country to learn of it.
One of his companies, Martinez Estates Ltd, was formed in April 2018 and dissolved in September 2019 after never filing accounts.
His other company, Dibu Ltd, was founded in 2016 and finally dissolved in April this year. Its latest accounts showed it had a net worth of £407,318 as of October 32, 2020.
Run by his wife Misuenos Ltd, the company was established in 2014. The couple married in 2017 and have a four-year-old son Santi and a two-year-old daughter Ava.