The best boxer in the world has beef with the biggest soccer star in the world because of a perceived moment of disrespect that happened in the World Cup. (Update below: Canelo has apologized on Instagram)
On Saturday, Argentina defeated Mexico, 2-0, in the World Cup thanks to a brilliant goal by Lionel Messi. The 35-year-old broke a scoreless draw in the 64th minute with a missile from outside the box. Argentina was playing for its tournament life in its second game after a shocking defeat to Saudi Arabia in their World Cup opener, and Messi heroically came through when his country needed it. It was a monumental moment for one of the all-time greats playing in what’s likely his final World Cup after a long history of coming up a little short in the sport’s premier event.
Not everyone was happy for Messi, though. After the game, a video circulated of Messi standing on a Mexico jersey. Champion boxer Canelo Alvarez, a native of and Guadalajara, Mexico, immediately called him out on Twitter and in so many words said it’s on sight if he ever sees Messi in the street.
Here’s the locker room video of Messi that made Canelo so mad.
Leo Messi kicking and then standing on the Mexican flag in dressing room— Murtaza (@MurtazaBall) November 27, 2022
Imagine the media reaction on this if this was Ronaldo ☠️ pic.twitter.com/oXqKoKkyT7
And here are two tweets from Canelo on the incident. This one translates to “Did you see Messi cleaning the floor with our shirt and flag ????”
Vieron a Messi limpiando el piso con nuestra playera y bandera ????— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) November 28, 2022
And this one translates to “I hope he asks God that I never find him!!”
Que le pida a Dios que no me lo encuentre!!— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) November 28, 2022
If there’s one person you do not want beef with, it’s Canelo Alvarez. Messi has upset the wrong guy, and he should thread lightly from here.
You can watch Messi’s goal against Mexico at the 64th minute of the game below:
Argentina’s World Cup dreams are still alive because of Messi. He just needs to be more careful about who he is pissing off.
Update: Canelo apologizes on Instagram:
This translates to:
These last days, I was driven by the passion and love I feel for my country and that turned into comments that were out of place. And for that, I wanted to apologize to Messi and the people of Argentina. Every day, we learn something new and this time, it was my turn. I wish success for both teams in their games today. From here on out, we will be supporting Mexico until the very end.