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Canelo Álvarez criticizes Lionel Messi for ‘disrespecting’ Mexico

Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez has threatened Argentine captain Lionel Messi for allegedly disrespecting his country.

A video shown Messi and his Argentina teammates celebrate in the locker room after Saturday’s 2-0 World Cup win over Mexico in Qatar.

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As Messi chanted and kicked off his boots, the Argentina captain appeared to kick a Mexico jersey that was on the ground.

Canelo, who has won world championships in four weight classes throughout his career, felt Messi’s actions were intentional and tweeted: “Did you see Messi cleaning the floor with our shirt and flag????

“He better pray to God that he doesn’t find it! Just as I respect Argentina, he has to respect Mexico!

“I’m not talking about the country as a whole, just the bulls — that Messi did.”

Many fans around the world were quick to point out that Messi was only removing his boots when he accidentally touched the Mexican jersey.

Others urged Canelo not to encourage violence and take things out of context.

Canelo defended his claim and additional: “Since the Mexico shirt is on the ground it is already an insult”, to which the former Argentine striker Sergio Agüero responded.

“Mr. Canelo, don’t look for excuses or problems, surely you don’t know about football and what happens in a locker room,” Agüero said. On twitter.

“The shirts are always on the ground after the games because of the sweat and then if you see well, he makes the movement of taking off his boot and accidentally hits it.”

Victory on Saturday, thanks to goals from Messi and Enzo Fernández, kept Argentina’s World Cup hopes alive after their shock 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in their group opener.

the albiceleste will face Group C leaders Poland in their final group game on Wednesday, while bottom of the group Mexico needs a win against Saudi Arabia to have any chance of advancing.

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