Atlanta United striker Josef Martinez has been named MLS’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) of 2018 after a record-breaking campaign
The 25-year-old set a new regular season league record of 31 goals with runner-up Zlatan Ibrahimovic finishing on 22 strikes.
Martinez has since added another three goals in the playoffs to become the MLS’ single-season scoring leader at 34 goals.
Now the MLS announced on their website that the Venezuelan’s feats have been acknowledged by winning the biggest individual honour in the league.
“Really, I’m very happy,” said Martinez.
“This is an award that we all wanted. Lot of work from myself, teammates, coaching staff and my family. Want to thank them for all of that.”
Martinez has been linked with a move to Europe since the last transfer window. But he set the record straight on his future after collecting the MVP award.
“I’ve said it before that I am going to be here as long as they want me,” Martinez on the MLS website. “I am happy here, I feel like I’m at home.
“I just want to say thank you to all the people at the club – the president, all the directors, everyone who works at the club from the security staff to the cooks in the kitchen, to even [club PR rep Justin Veldhuis], who I yell at when he asks me to do an interview, and everyone else at the club.”
Martinez will be back in action on Sunday, where Atlanta will meet Portland Timbers this Saturday in the MLS Cup final.
The league’s best. It’s official. 🏆 pic.twitter.com/262pQGxena
— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) December 6, 2018