Saul “Canelo” Alvarez doesn’t represent the Mexico national team’s opinion of Lionel Messi.
A day after the legendary boxer threatened Argentina’s soccer megastar, Mexico’s World Cup captain Andres Guardado dismissed the comments as “stupid”.
As is customary between opponents after games, Guardado swapped shirts with Messi after Mexico’s 2-0 defeat by Argentina on Saturday. After a video surfaced of the Argentina team celebrating in the dressing room, Alvarez, who is Mexican, accused Messi of intentionally stepping on the Mexican jersey Guardado had given him.
“I know the person who is Messi,” Guardado told reporters to Argentine broadcaster TyC Sports. “It’s an agreement with the staff that anything sweaty stays on the floor. Be it your jersey or rival. Canelo doesn’t know what a dressing room is.”
Among other things, Guardado’s gift shirt was left on the ground as a shirtless Messi sang along with his team-mates at their lockers. Messi’s left foot appears to be on Guardado’s shirt during the celebrations, although it appears unintentional.
Alvarez, who has won titles in four divisions and is the current undisputed super middleweight champion of the world, didn’t seem to care.
“Did you see how Messi cleaned the floor with our jersey and our flag,” Alvarez tweeted. “He better pray to God I don’t find him. As I respect Argentina, he must respect Mexico!”
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In addition to his threat, Alvarez too responded to a tweet posting an image from a fake Lionel Messi Instagram account Depicted is a wooden stick knocking a Mexican jersey to the ground. Alvarez quoted the image as “Hdp,” an acronym for “Hijo de puta,” which translates to “son of a bitch.”
Messi scored and assisted in the win to move Argentina to second in the group. They meet Poland on Wednesday and aim to advance to the knockout stages as Group C is still open.