In an interview with the club’s website Javi Martinez numbered his favorite football teams and idols: “Obviously they’re from my province, there are two of them: On one side there was Osasuna because they were from Navarra and the other Athletic Bilbao because my brother played there. Then, when I was a little older, Fernando Torres was my idol, I still follow Atletico Madrid a lot”.
“I’ve been lucky enough to grow up watching Miguel Indurain, who was also from my province and all of the ‘navarros’ always identified a lot with him. I was just born in the era where he won five Tour de Frances, I was five or six and I’ve always looked up to him as an idol.”
Also the Spanish internationals first discussed the differences between their former clubs. Martinez: “Athletic Bilbao and Bayern Munich are two very special teams with special players. They are all part of a family and make it so the players feel like they have the luck of playing for the two teams and make them feel like they’re at home.”
Javi was requested to compare Thiago’s speed to Ribery: “Who is faster between Thiago and Ribery?… The better question is ‘who is faster, Thiago or a turtle?’ Of course Franck is one of the fastest in the world so that’s an easy answer, you guys made that too easy…Fine, Thiago is pretty fast too.”