Martínez playing with Real Sociedad in 2015
|Full name||Iñigo Martínez Berridi|
|Date of birth||17 May 1991|
|Place of birth||Ondarroa, Spain|
|Height||1.82 m (5 ft 11 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2009–2011||Real Sociedad B||54||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 October 2019|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 October 2019
Iñigo Martínez Berridi (Basque: [iɲiɣo maɾtines̻ beriði]; Spanish: [ˈiɲiɣo maɾˈtineθ βeˈriði]; born 17 May 1991) is a Spanish footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao and the Spain national team mainly as a central defender.
He spent most of his professional career with Real Sociedad, playing 238 matches (17 goals scored) across all competitions after making his debut at the age of 20.
Born in Ondarroa, Biscay, Martínez joined Real Sociedad's youth ranks from local CD Aurrerá Ondarroa. He made his senior debut in the 2009–10 season, helping the B-team promote from the fourth division after one year out by contributing with 23 games and one goal.
On 27 August 2011, Martínez made his first-team – and La Liga – debut with the Basques, playing the full 90 minutes in a 2–1 away win against Sporting de Gijón. On 2 October he scored his first league goal, netting from inside his own half in an eventual 1–2 home loss to Athletic Bilbao, in a derby.
Martínez scored his third league goal in the same fashion, in a 3–2 win at Real Betis on 27 November (in the 90th minute). He continued to be an automatic first-choice in the following top flight campaigns, notably helping the club return to the UEFA Champions League after 21 years in 2012–13 by netting four times in 34 matches.
On 26 April 2016, Martínez signed a new five-year deal with Real Sociedad.
On 30 January 2018, Martínez signed with Athletic Bilbao for €32 million (his contractual release clause amount and a record outlay for the buying club) on a deal until 2023. The fee was around half of the figure received the same day for the player he replaced in the Athletic squad, Aymeric Laporte, who had moved to Manchester City. He made his debut on 4 February, playing the entirety of a 0–2 domestic league defeat away to Girona FC.
During October 2018, Martínez conceded two penalties for foul challenges in two local derby matches in the domestic league, both of which led to the opening goal and were awarded after Video assistant referee reviews – the first in a 3–1 home defeat to his old club Real Sociedad and the second in a 1–1 away draw against SD Eibar.
Martínez made his debut for the Spain under-21 team in 2011. In the following year, he was picked by manager Luis Milla for his squad that appeared in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London; in the first game against Japan he was sent off late into the first half for bringing down Kensuke Nagai thus denying a clear goalscoring opportunity, in an eventual 0–1 loss.
|Real Sociedad B||2009–10||Tercera División||23||1||—||23||1|
|2010–11||Segunda División B||31||1||—||31||1|
|Real Sociedad||2011–12||La Liga||26||3||2||0||—||28||3|
|2013–14||La Liga||35||2||5||0||7[N 1]||0||—||47||2|
|2014–15||La Liga||34||2||3||0||4[N 2]||0||—||41||2|
|2017–18||La Liga||12||1||1||0||3[N 3]||0||—||16||1|
|Athletic Bilbao||2017–18||La Liga||16||0||—||16||0|
- As of 12 October 2019
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