Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez said a video emerged from his dressing room of the Argentine team’s captain dancing and kicking the Mexican jersey on the floor as his team celebrated its World Cup victory on Saturday. Later, he was dissatisfied with Lionel Messi.
Alvarez, one of the top boxers in the world, took to Twitter to denounce Messi, although there is no evidence that Messi kicked his shirt intentionally or maliciously.
Shortly after Argentina beat Mexico, Alvarez tweeted his respect for Argentina, adding that he will always support his native Mexico, and there were no offenses until the next day.
“Did you see Messi sweeping the floor with our jerseys and flags???” Alvarez tweeted on Sunday. The video Alvarez was referring to shows Messi sitting in his dressing room with his shoes off as his teammates sing and dance to celebrate the 2-0 victory. Messi’s foot touching the Mexican shirt on the ground as he takes off his right shoe. Messi is looking down at the shirt but seems focused on the celebration. He will soon join his teammates, start jumping.
Sunday was an important match for Argentina. They couldn’t afford to lose their first group game to Saudi Arabia with his 2-1 loss to Mexico. It was a close game with no goals scored in the first half. Messi opened the scoring in the 64th minute and Enzo Fernandez added another 20 minutes later.
Alvarez wrote on Twitter in Spanish that the Mexican jersey lying on the ground was disrespectful. “He better pray to God I don’t run into him!!” Alvarez tweeted in English. “Mexico must respect the same way I respect Argentina!! I’m not talking about the country (Argentina), I’m talking about Messi.
Messi has not publicly commented on the situation, but former Argentinian football star Sergio Aguero has. He told Alvarez that Messi had just taken off his shoes.
Argentina will face Group C leaders Poland on Wednesday. On the same day, Mexico will face Saudi Arabia.
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