World Cup winner Martinez in line for FIFA best keeper award

World Cup winner Emiliano Martinez, Yassine Bounou of Morocco and Belgium’s Thi­baut Courtois were nominated on Wednesday for the top goal­keeping prize at the FIFA Best awards.


Martinez shone at the World Cup, playing a starring role in the penalty shootout as his country defeated France.


He also, however, courted controversy by making an ob­scene gesture during the trophy ceremony when he received his prize for the best goalkeeper at the tournament.


Bounou featured for a de­fensively mean Morocco as they became the first African coun­try to reach the semi-finals of a World Cup.


Belgium may had endured a poor World Cup where they were eliminated in the group stage but Courtois had already been one of the architects of Real Madrid’s 14th Champions League triumph. In the women’s category, the three goalkeepers nominated were Germany’s Ann-Katrin Berger, Mary Earps of England and Chile’s Christi­ane Endler.—AFP