Aston Villa and Argentina goalkeeper Emi Martinez was announced as one of 10 nominees for the prestigious Yashin Trophy on Friday evening.
Established in 2019 and awarded annually by France Football, the Yashin Trophy is presented to the best-performing keeper in Europe. The honoree is selected by former winners of the Ballon d’Or, football’s top individual prize.
Martinez is joined by the likes of Gianluigi Donnarumma, Thibaut Courtois, Ederson, Keylor Navas, and Manuel Neuer on the shortlist.
Emi Martinez has been a revelation at Aston Villa
Since joining Aston Villa last summer, Martinez has recorded 18 clean sheets, including 15 in 2020-21 alone. He helped propel Villa to an 11th-place finish less than one year after escaping relegation on the final day of the 2019-20 campaign.
Here are the last nominees for the 2021 Yachine Trophy! #tropheeyachine
— France Football #BallondOr (@francefootball) October 8, 2021
The former Arsenal back-up finished third in the Premier League in total saves last season (135) and second in save percentage (76.8%).
WhoScored.com has Martinez as their highest-ranked goalkeeper in Europe in the calendar year 2021 with a WhoScored rating of (6.98).
Martinez spent the summer at the Copa America and led Argentina to their first continental title since 1987. Martinez was named the tournament’s best goalkeeper and made one save in a 1-0 victory in the final.
Liverpool’s Alisson won the first-ever prize in 2019, beating out Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen and Manchester City’s Ederson. The Yashin Trophy was not awarded in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 winner will be announced on December 2 in Paris at the Ballon d’Or ceremony.