Last Thursday, Josef Martinez and Leandro Gonzalez Pirez answered a variety of hard-hitting questions on Atlanta United’s Facebook page during a special live chat. Their chemistry together made for a very funny time. Here are a few highlights and takeaways.
Who is the best dancer on the team?
Josef: I think it’s Tito Villalba.
LGP: From my experience, I think it’s Josef. You have the rhythm in the blood.
What’s your favorite music to dance to?
Josef: For me, maybe Salsa, Reggaeton, and Samba.
LGP: I am from Argentina, my friend. I like Cumbia.
Which tattoo is your favorite?
Josef: I have a lot of tattoos, but I like this one on my neck. In Spanish, it says “What we do in life echoes in eternity.”
What is your favorite place to eat in Atlanta?
Josef: Mexico Lindo in Smyrna or Eclipse di Luna.
LGP: I agree with you.
What is your favorite NBA team?
Josef: I love the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James. That’s my boy.
LGP: I like the Houston Rockets this season. They’re a really good team. They’re strong.
How are your puppies doing?
Josef: She pees everywhere. She drives me crazy.
LGP: I have one that is sick right now, but they’re good.
Barcelona or Real Madrid?
Josef: Real Madrid.
LGP: No, Barcelona my friend.
LGP: Lionel Messi!
UEFA Champions League Predictions?
Josef: Of course it’ll be Real Madrid.
LGP: For me, it’s Liverpool. With Mohamed Salah, it’s a really good team.
Will Atlanta United win the MLS Cup?
Josef: You got it.
LGP: We want to win the league. We try to win every game. It’s important for us, the people, and the city.
Josef, do you want to play for Real Madrid?
Josef: No, I want to play in Atlanta.
(Editor’s Note: The club’s communications department has taught them well).
Josef, how’s your hand?
Josef: LGP broke my fingers in one training. It’s not fine right now.
LGP: It was your fault, not mine.
What’s your favorite Waffle House order?
Josef: I’ve never been there. I will soon though.
LGP: I’ve never been either.
Who’s the best FIFA player on the team?
Josef: Not me. Miguel Almiron plays really well.
LGP: Maybe Miguel or Tito is the best.
Josef: Whenever we have the opportunity, we like to play 2 vs 2.
LGP: Yeah, we’re strong in 2 vs 2.
Josef: Not Ezequiel Barco though.
LGP: No, he’s really bad.
When are you guys coming for dinner at my house?
LGP: What are you cooking?
How do you feel about VAR at the World Cup?
Josef: No. I hate VAR. Did you see the last game? I do not like that.
LGP: I do not agree with VAR. I hate it.
(Editor’s note: Someone from Atlanta’s staff seemed to tell them to move on from the question).
Do you guys miss Yamil Asad?
What’s your favorite color?
Josef, how old were you when you started playing soccer?
Josef: I was four. I played indoor soccer. My first position was goalkeeper.
Who is the toughest attacker you ever had to defend against?
LGP: Physically, maybe Jozy Altidore. He’s really strong.
Do you think Brad Guzan is funny?
LGP: He looks like Gru from Despicable Me.
Who is the funniest on the team?
Josef: I love Michael Parkhurst. He’s my baby. I love Miguel and Tito too. Miguel just speaks too fast.
LGP: Maybe Jeff Larentowicz. Mikey Ambrose is also really funny. Miguel and Tito too.
What was your favorite moment? Let us know in the comments!