(CNN) — Mexican boxer Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez sent a warning to Lionel Messi, whom he accused of disrespecting Mexico.
“Did you see Messi cleaning the floor with our shirt and flag?” Álvarez tweeted, apparently referencing a video in which Messi appears to kick a Mexico jersey lying on the ground during Argentina’s locker room celebrations.
There is no indication that Messi intentionally kicked the shirt, rather it appears to have been done accidentally when removing his boots.
“Let him ask God that he doesn’t find me!” Álvarez added in another tweet, with a series of angry emojis. “Just as I respect Argentina, you have to respect Mexico! I’m not talking about the country (Argentina) I’m talking about Messi because of his ma ****** that he did! “.
Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 this Saturday in a tense World Cup Group C match in Qatar. Messi scored the opening goal, and then Enzo Fernández sealed the win late on to keep Argentina’s World Cup dream alive after their shock first-game loss to Saudi Arabia.
Álvarez, who is widely considered one of the best pound-for-pound boxers after winning world championships in four weight classes, added in a response to a journalist: “It’s one thing if they’re better than us (in soccer), it’s another thing to have respect”.
Sergio Agüero, Messi’s former teammate in Argentina, responded to Álvarez on Twitter: “Mr. Canelo, don’t look for excuses or problems, surely you don’t know about football and what happens in a locker room.”
“The shirts are always on the floor after the games are over due to sweat and then if you see well, he makes the movement to remove the booty and accidentally hits it.”
Argentina faces Poland in their final group game on Wednesday, with Mexico facing Saudi Arabia. The four teams in Group C remain in with a chance of qualifying for the round of 16.
CNN contacted Canelo Álvarez’s team for a statement about what was posted on Twitter.
CNN, in turn, seeks a pronouncement from the Argentine team on Álvarez’s tweets.
With information from Matias Grez
Source: CNN Espanol