Josef Martinez’s hopes of breaking Lionel Messi’s record came to an emphatic end yesterday. Atlanta United striker Martinez had scored in 15 consecutive games – six shy of Lionel Messi’s world record of 21 matches in a row.
This prompted interest from a number of clubs across Europe, including Newcastle United. According to The Chronicle, Newcastle were hoping to reunite Martinez with Miguel Almiron – potentially as soon as January.
But Martinez’s hopes of breaking Messi’s record and earning a Premier League move both ended yesterday. The Venezuela striker had to be subbed off after 79 minutes in Atlanta’s 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes.
Martinez did not get on the scoresheet and it looks like he has picked up a serious injury. The 26-year-old has a knee injury and there are early fears that it could be an ACL tear – which would sideline him for more than six months.
Not only does this end his attempt at breaking Messi’s record, it ruins his chances of a big move. January could have been an interesting window for Martinez. But he will not move on if he has a serious injury.
Martinez’s inspired form earned him the chance to move to Europe in January. But injury appears to have robbed him of this opportunity. It has come at the worst time for a player thriving in the prime of his career.
He could have reignited his formidable attacking partnership with Almiron at Newcastle. It might have even got the best out of the Paraguayan Magpies player. But this is not an option if he has suffered an ACL injury.