DOHA, Qatar — In a corner, Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez. In the other, Lionel Messi.
It is possible that the Argentine star has gotten into trouble with the wrong person after kicking the shirt of the Mexican national team while celebrating the much-needed one of his team. World Cup win against Mexico on Saturday.
The Mexican boxer said on Twitter that Messi “I was cleaning the floor” with the Mexican shirt. He said it was a disrespectful attitude from the Argentine star towards the Mexicans.
«I better pray to God that he doesn’t run into me» Canelo tweeted.
Messi was removing his right shoe when, apparently unintentionally, he moved the Mexico jersey that he had exchanged with a Mexican player after Argentina’s 2-0 win. The shirt was on the ground while the Argentines celebrated in the locker room.
Former Argentine striker Sergio «Kun» Agüero came to Messi’s defense.
«Mr. Canelo, don’t go looking for excuses or creating trouble, surely you don’t know about football or what happens in a locker room,» he said. said on Twitter. «The shirts are always on the ground after a game because they are sweaty.»
Former Spanish player Cesc Fábregas also defended messisaying that it is normal for players to leave their shirts on the floor before taking them to wash.
Messi, 35, is trying to win his first World Cup title with Argentina. The victory over Mexico kept the Argentines in position to advance to the knockout round.