Josef Martinez has made a huge splash in Major League Soccer over his two years with Atlanta United. After a record-breaking 2018 which also saw the Venezuelan Men’s National Team forward lift MLS Cup, Martinez praised his current club with high regards.
After signing a five-year extension on Wednesday to remain with the Five Stripes, Martinez had some strong words in regards to his team.
“In Venezuela, they thing everyone needs to play at Real Madrid or Barcelona. Well, this is my Real Madrid or my Barcelona,” said Martinez at a press conference.
After scoring 19 goals in 20 matches during his first season in Atlanta, Martinez followed that up with an even-bigger haul in 2018. He won Major League Soccer’s Golden Boot with 31 goals, breaking the single-season league record by four tallies. Martinez also lifted the MLS MVP as well as the MLS Cup MVP as he scored in a 2-0 finals win over Portland last December.
Now with many awards and a league title under his belt, Martinez will look to lead the Five Stripes in several competitions this season. It begins on February when Atlanta faces Herediano in the Concacaf Champions League Round of 16.