One of many members of this Portugal Euro 2012 squad who worked with national team boss Paulo Bento during his stint as Sporting Lisbon coach, Martins played in six Euro 2012 qualifiers and will head to the finals eager to sample his first major tournament.
He has spent the last few months on loan with Spanish side Granada after becoming surplus to requirements at Benfica and he has revelled in the first team action that has come his way in the Spanish top division. “People did not see the move as a positive step as leaving Benfica for one of the less famous names in Spain was seen as a gamble, but it has been a big success for me,” states Martins.
“It means I will have a chance to be in Euro 2012 and we have belief in what we can achieve as a team. In Cristiano Ronaldo, we have the most gifted player in the tournament and if he is at his best, there is nothing any opponent can do to stop him. Cristiano is a unique footballer, he proves as much in La Liga week after week.”