HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from River Plate and signed as a Designated Player on Jan. 24, 2019.
The 2018 South American Footballer of the Year joined Atlanta United with high expectations after leading River Plate to the 2018 Copa Libertadores title. An attacking midfielder who can play wide or centrally, Martinez is coming off a strong ending to a turbulent first season in MLS, scoring or contributing an assist in four of his last five regular season outings, and assisting on a goal each in Atlanta's Eastern Conference Semifinals and Final matches.
INTERNATIONAL: Martinez has made three appearances with Argentina’s senior national team, and scored one goal on his debut on Sept. 8, 2018 in a 3-0 win over Guatemala.
OUTSIDE MLS: Martínez made his professional debut in 2011 with Huracán of the Argentine Primera B Nacional League, the second division in Argentina. He made 97 appearances and scored 10 goals from 2011-2015. During his time at Huracán, Martínez helped the team win the 2013-14 Copa Argentina and secure promotion to the Argentine Superliga in 2014-15. The attacking midfielder then transferred to River Plate in January 2015, where he made 167 appearances in all competitions, while scoring a total of 33 goals. Martínez was named the 2018 Rey del Futbol de America, an annual award voted by journalists given to the top player in South America. Martínez has won two Copa Libertadores (2015, 2018), two Copa Argentina’s (2015-16, 2016-17) and a Supercopa Argentina (2017).
NOTES: 2019 MLS All-Star