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FIFA World Cup 2022: Lionel Messi in Hot Waters With Mexican Boxer Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez

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Last Updated: November 28, 2022, 19:36 IST

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Canelo was left fuming after Messi moved a Mexican jersey that he had swapped at the end of the World Cup game between the teams during locker room celebrations, with his foot

Argentine football star, Lionel Messi,  may have gotten into trouble with the wrong person after moving the Mexican national team jersey with his foot while celebrating his team’s much-needed World Cup win against Mexico on Saturday.

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Mexican boxer, Saúl “Canelo” Álvarez, was left fuming after Messi unintentionally moved a Mexican jersey that he had swapped at the end of the World Cup game between the teams during locker room celebrations, with his foot.

The Mexican boxer said on Twitter that Messi “ was cleaning the floor ” with the Mexican shirt. He said it was a disrespectful attitude by the Argentina star toward the Mexicans.

“He better ask God not to run into me,” Canelo tweeted.

Messi was taking his right shoe off when he, apparently without intention, moved the Mexico shirt which he had exchanged with a Mexican player after Argentina’s 2-0 win. The shirt was on the floor as the Argentines celebrated in the locker room.

Former Argentina forward Sergio “Kun” Aguero came out on Messi’s defence.

“Mr Canelo, don’t go finding excuses or creating trouble, certainly you don’t know soccer or what happens in a locker room,” he said on Twitter. “The shirts are always on the floor after a match as they are sweaty.”

Former Spain player Cesc Fabregas also defended Messi, saying it’s normal for players to leave the shirts on the floor before they can be taken to be washed.

The 35-year-old Messi is trying to win his first World Cup title with Argentina. The win over Mexico kept the Argentines in a position to advance to the knockout round.

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first published:November 28, 2022, 19:36 IST
last updated:November 28, 2022, 19:36 IST
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