Lionel Messi: Mexican Boxer Canelo Alvarez Sends Chilling Threat to Argentina Captain After Win vs Mexico
- Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez sent a warning to Lionel Messi for disrespecting Mexico
- Canelo was angry about Messi's actions while celebrating in the Argentina dressing room
- Argentina defeated Mexico 2-0 to keep their 2022 FIFA World Cup aspirations alive
Mexican boxing superstar Santos Canelo Alvarez has threatened Lionel Messi, after Argentina defeated Mexico in an important encounter at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF super middleweight world champion was angry about Messi's actions after the South Americans beat Mexico, calling him disrespectful.
Argentina went into the Mexico encounter on Saturday, November 26, knowing defeat would see them eliminated from the competition after an embarrassing and historic defeat to Saudi Arabia.
Messi, 35, is probably playing in his last World Cup and is looking to end it with the elusive trophy. Still, Argentina's performances - especially against Saudi Arabia - were evidence that they'll need to step up.
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Alvarez warns Messi
After Argentina beat Mexico 2-0, a video of Argentina players celebrating in the dressing room went viral as Messi was spotted with his feet touching a Mexican jersey.
The video, which has been widely shared on Twitter, shows the Argentine talisman unintentionally pushing a Mexico jersey aside with his foot as he attempts to take off his shoes. while his teammates and staff celebrate.
Alvarez said it was disrespectful for the PSG superstar to step on the jersey, warning him that he hopes he doesn't catch Messi in person after the incident.
Canelo sent several Tweets attacking Messi before the boxer threatened the Argentine icon, according to Fox Sports.
“Did you guys see Messi cleaning the floor with our jersey and flag?” Alvarez's tweeted was translated as saying. "He better pray to God that I don’t find him."
The 32-year-old later added that Messi has to respect his country.
“Just like I respect Argentina, he has to respect Mexico! I’m not talking about the country as a whole, just about the [expletive] that Messi did.”
Canelo has won 58 of his 62 professional fights and remains one of the greatest boxers of all time.
Messi and Argentina celebrate
Sports Brief earlier reported on Messi and Argentina's dressing room celebrating joyously, after a critical win over Mexico.
Argentina returned to winning ways after their 2-1 embarrassing at the hands of Saudi Arabia last Wednesday.
The South Americans still have to play Poland in their final group fixture, knowing that a win could guarantee them the top spot and progression to the next round.
Argentina players were clearly relieved at avoiding a defeat that would have eliminated them from the competition, after footage of post-game celebrations emerged online.