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Lisandro Martinez’s record in finals explored ahead of 2022 World Cup final against Raphael Varane’s France

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Having reached the final in his maiden World Cup, Lisandro Martinez will be hoping to play a starring role in Argentina beating the reigning world champions France in today’s final.

The 24-year-old will come up against his Manchester United teammate and centre-back partner Raphael Varane.

While Varane’s place in Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus starting line-up is a formality, if he’s shrugged off the virus which has wreaked havoc in the France camp in the build up to the final, Martinez’s place in Lionel Scaloni’s XI is up in the air.

If Scaloni opts against deploying a three-man backline, then it’s likely that Cristian Romero and Nicolas Otamendi will start for The Albiceleste with United’s number six once again having to start the game from the bench.

Ahead of today’s 2022 World Cup final, United in Focus has had a look at Lisandro Martinez’s record in finals.

Lisandro Martinez’s record in finals explored ahead of 2022 World Cup final

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There is five years between Martinez and Varane, but United’s number 19 has played in significantly more finals than the Butcher, and as a result has won significantly more trophies in his career to date.

The former Real Madrid defender, who is one of the most decorated defenders to have played the game, has won 20 trophies and has won an impressive 14 of 16 finals he’s played in.

Martinez on the other hand has featured in just four finals, which came during his time at Ajax under the tutelage of now Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag.

The fiery South American won the Dutch Cup and Dutch Super Cup during his time in Amsterdam, but he also experienced heartache in both of those competitions with PSV Eindhoven beating Ten Hag’s side in two finals.

Martinez was an unused substitute in Argentina’s Copa America triumph against Brazil in the summer of 2021.

The 15-time Argentina international, who has started two World Cup games in Qatar and come off the bench in another three, was also an unused substitute in Argentina’s 3-0 win against Italy in the CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions earlier in the month.

Compared to Varane’s 20, Martinez has won six trophies during his career, and he’ll be hoping that today brings number seven and the biggest of them all.

Tom is a lifelong Manchester United supporter who was spoilt with success growing up thanks to Sir Alex Ferguson. An NCTJ-accredited sports journalist with over five years experience in the industry, and now a football writer for GRV Media who specialises in covering the Red Devils. He has no doubt Erik ten Hag is the man to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford!

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