|Full name||Manuel Martínez Lara|
|Date of birth||15 June 1980|
|Place of birth||Bigastro, Spain|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 December 2016.
Born in Bigastro, Alicante, Valencian Community, Martínez started his professional career with local Hércules CF, as a central defender. After years spent almost exclusively in Segunda División B he had a brief spell in La Liga, playing three games for Gimnàstic de Tarragona and being released in the 2007 winter transfer window; his debut in the latter competition consisted of 55 minutes of a 1–2 home loss against Celta de Vigo, on 10 September 2006.
Martínez then moved to CD Tenerife, where he reconverted into a defensive midfielder, greatly helping the club return to the top division in 2009 after a seven-year hiatus. In the subsequent season he played more often than not in his secondary position – stopper – and his performances were overall poorer, with the Canary Islands team being immediately relegated although it would only be certified in the last round against Valencia CF (0–1 away defeat).
In July 2010, aged 30, Martínez did not renew his Tenerife contract and agreed a two-year deal with another club in Segunda División, Recreativo de Huelva. On 10 July 2013 he moved abroad, joining Superleague Greece side Levadiakos FC.
- Pagan cara su inexperiencia (Inexperience cost them dearly); Mundo Deportivo, 11 September 2006 (in Spanish)
- El Tenerife confirma los fichajes de Manolo Martínez y Raúl Navas (Tenerife confirms signings of Manolo Martínez and Raúl Navas); Marca, 4 July 2007 (in Spanish)
- Manolo Martínez: "Soy el Camacho del Tenerife" (Manolo Martínez: "I am Tenerife's Camacho"); Marca, 10 September 2009 (in Spanish)
- El Tenerife llora en Mestalla (Tenerife cries in Mestalla); Marca, 16 May 2010 (in Spanish)
- El Recreativo ficha a Manolo Martínez del Tenerife por dos temporadas (Recreativo signs Manolo Martínez from Tenerife for two seasons); Diario AS, 24 July 2010 (in Spanish)
- Manolo Martínez inicia una aventura griega en el Levadiakos (Manolo Martínez starts a Greek adventure in Levadiakos); Depor Press, 10 July 2013 (in Spanish)
- Manolo Martínez ya tiene el alta (Manolo Martínez already has medical clearance); Diari de Tarragona, 16 July 2014 (in Spanish)
- Manolo Martínez, oficialmente nuevo jugador del Nàstic (Manolo Martínez, officially new player of Nàstic); Gimnàstic Tarragona, 6 August 2014 (in Spanish)