Lisandro Martínez (born 18 January 1998) is an Argentine professional footballer who plays primarily as a centre-back for Premier League club Manchester United and the Argentina national team.
Martínez began his career at Newell’s Old Boys before joining Defensa y Justicia in 2017, initially on loan. In 2019, he signed for Ajax and has since won two Eredivisie titles and one KNVB Cup. He won the Ajax Player of the Year award in the 2021–22 season.
Martínez represented Argentina at under-20 and under-23 levels, before making his senior international debut in March 2019. He was a member of the squads that won the 2021 Copa América and the 2022 Finalissima.
Martínez is primarily a centre-back, though he is capable of playing at left-back and as a central midfielder, having played there at times for Defensa y Justicia and Ajax. He is a ball-playing centre-back and is known for his range of passing and composure on the ball. In the 2021–22 Eredivisie season, he averaged more passes per 90 minutes than any other player.
|Net Worth:||$3.5 million – $10 million (2022)|
|Wife/ Girlfriend:||Muri Lopez Benitez|
|Current Club:||Manchester United|
|Date Of Birth:||18 January 1998|
|Parents:||Raúl Martinez and Silvina Cabrera|
Early Life and Career
Born in Gualeguay, Argentina on 18 January 1988.
Martínez had youth spells with Club Urquiza (Gualeguay, Entre Rios), Club Libertad (Gualeguay, Entre Rios) and Newell’s Old Boys. He made his professional debut for Newell’s in the club’s final fixture of the 2016–17 season, when he played the full match in a loss to Godoy Cruz.
In August 2017, Martínez joined fellow Argentine Primera División side Defensa y Justicia on loan. His first appearance for Defensa arrived on 13 October in a defeat against San Lorenzo. Two appearances later, he scored his first senior goal in an away win versus Temperley. Defensa y Justicia purchased 50% of the rights to Martínez in June 2018.
On 17 May 2019, Defensa y Justicia announced that a deal had been agreed with Eredivisie team Ajax; subject to the passing of a medical. Ajax announced the completion of the medical on 20 May, with the transfer to go through on 1 July. He penned a four-year contract, with the option of a further year. He didn’t officially join until July, though did feature in June friendlies with Quick ’20 and AaB. His competitive bow came in the 2019 Johan Cruyff Shield against PSV Eindhoven, as Ajax won the trophy following a two-goal victory. He was voted man of the match in his second Eredivisie game; in a win over FC Emmen.
Martínez netted his first Ajax goal on 28 September, as he opened the scoring in a 2–0 victory over FC Groningen at the Johan Cruyff Arena. He scored again against Utrecht in November, in a campaign which was ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his first match of 2020–21, Martínez got his third Ajax goal in a home win versus RKC Waalwijk on 20 September.
On 16 July 2022, it was announced that Manchester United had agreed a deal with Ajax for the signing of Martínez. The transfer was officially completed on 27 July, when Martínez signed a five-year contract with the club. His transfer fee was reported to be in the range of £47 million to £49 million, plus £8.5 million in add-ons. On 7 August, Martinez made his club debut in 2–1 home loss against Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League.
Martínez won four caps for the Argentina under-20 team at the 2017 South American Youth Football Championship in Ecuador. The first came during the first stage against Venezuela, while the other three arrived during the final stage as Argentina finished 4th and subsequently qualified for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea. He received a call-up for the U-20 World Cup but failed to make an appearance, appearing on the substitutes bench once versus Guinea. Martínez made one appearance for Argentina at under-23 level, which was in a 5–0 friendly victory against Bolivia in September 2019.
In March 2019, Martínez received his first call-up to the senior team. He won his opening cap as they lost in Madrid to Venezuela on 22 March. Martínez made one appearance at the 2021 Copa América, which Argentina won. He was an unused substitute in Argentina’s 3–0 victory over Italy in the 2022 Finalissima.
Parents and Family
Lisandro’s parents names are Raúl Martinez (father) and Silvina Cabrera (mother).
Lisandro Martínez is currently in a relationship with his current partner “Muri Lopez Benitez“. Reports in Holland suggest the pair have been together for a decade – since they were just 14 years of age.
Net Worth/ Salary
Lisandro Martínez’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated at around $3.5 million – $10 million.
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