- Cesc Fabregas is the second player to come to the defence of Lionel Messi, who was threatened by Canelo Alvarez
- The Mexican boxing star said Messi disrespected the country as video captured him stepping on a Mexican jersey
- Messi and Argentina were celebrating their 2-0 win over Mexico at the World Cup when the incident happened
Cesc Fabregas has come to the defence of Lionel Messi, who was accused of disrespecting Mexico when celebrating Argentina's win by Mexican star boxer Saul Canelo Alvarez.
The boxer launched a scathing attack on Messi on social media, threatening him and saying he hopes he doesn't meet the Argentina captain.
A video went viral over the weekend of Argentina's dressing room celebrating their big 2-0 win over Mexico. Messi was spotted with his foot on a Mexican jersey, and his actions angered Alvarez.
Argentina went into the match versus Mexico fully aware that defeat would see them eliminated from the tournament, but Messi and Enzo Fernandez made sure that their hopes stayed alive.
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Messi scored a stunning long-range goal to give Argentina the lead in the 64th minute, while Fernandez sealed the win three minutes from time with an effort into the top corner.
Fabregas defends Messi
In a Tweet via the Mirror, Fabregas fiercely defended Messi, explaining what really goes on in a normal football dressing room.
"You neither know the person, nor do you understand how a locker room works or what happens after a game. All T-shirts, even the ones we wear ourselves, go on the floor and are washed afterwards - and more when you celebrate an important victory."
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Messi played with Fabregas at Barcelona and they won numerous trophies together, with the two players still maintaining a close friendship.
Sergio Aguero, Messi's close confidant and former Argentina teammate, first came to the defence of the PSG star, saying the Mexican boxer doesn't know what goes on in the dressing rooms when it comes to team jerseys.
Alvarez's comments have sparked heated debates on Twitter. Some have slammed him for an overreaction, with many Mexican fans saying their sporting icon is wrong, according to CNN.
Alvarez threatens Messi over jersey
Sports Brief earlier reported on Alvarez threatening Leo Messi, warning him that he should say a prayer that they never cross paths.
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.
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.