“He Better Pray To God That I Don’t Find Him!!” | Canelo Alvarez Threatens Lionel Messi For Wiping The Floor With Mexican Jersey After World Cup Win

Lionel Messi better watch his back because after his defeat of Mexico in the World Cup and celebration. World champion boxer Canelo Álvarez wants to put his hands on him. The multiple-time world champion took to social media in disgust with Messi after he saw what looked like the jersey of the Mexican team being used to “clean the floor” during a celebration of Argentina’s 2-0 win over Mexico on Saturday.

Canelo Alvarez Threatens Lionel Messi After Argentina World Cup Win 

“Did you see Messi cleaning the floor with our shirt and flag????” Álvarez tweeted with utter shock.

He was referencing a viral video where Messi is already kicking a shirt on the floor during Argentina’s celebrations in the locker room. Canelo believed the shirt was a Mexican jersey. Although there is no indication that Messi kicked the shirt intentionally, as he appeared to hit it by accident while taking off his shoes, that didn’t stop Álvarez from unleashing his signature Mexican pride all over Messi.

“He better pray to God that I don’t find him!!” Álvarez followed up in another tweet, and added angry emojis. “Just like I respect Argentina, he has to respect Mexico! I’m not talking about the country as a whole, just about the bulls**t that Messi pulled.”

Emotions are high during the World Cup, and Álvarez might have poured more into what looked accidental during a group celebration, but Alvarez said what he said, and now in the words of this generation, “it’s on.”

“It’s one thing them being better than us (in football), it’s another thing to have respect,” wrote a flared-up Álvarez in a Twitter reply to a journalist.

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In a tense game, Argentina beat Mexico on Saturday in Group C at the Qatar World Cup. Messi scored the opening goal and Enzo Fernández locked in the win late, keeping Argentina’s World Cup dream alive. Previously, the team lost in the opening round to Saudi Arabia.

“Mr. Canelo, don’t look for excuses or problems, surely you don’t know about football and what happens in a changing room,” said Messi’s former Argentina teammate Sergio Agüero to Álvarez on Twitter. “The shirts are always on the floor after games have finished due to sweat and then if you look properly, he makes the movement to remove his boot and accidentally hits it.”

 Lionel Messi vs. Canelo Alvarez 

Canelo Álvarez is the current face of boxing and one of the most successful athletes in the world. He is the fighting face of Mexico and has become one of the most well-known athletes in America and the world. Widely considered today’s No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer after winning world championships in four weight classes, he is the last person you’d want feeling disrespected.

Messi is the 2022 Forbes Highest-Paid Athlete, leading the list for the second time; the other was in 2019. Messi also won the Ballon d’Or in 2021, designating him the world’s best men’s soccer player. Álvarez already lost the battle on the Forbes list, coming in at the eighth slot in this year’s highest-paid athletes list.

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Argentina takes on Poland in its final group match on Wednesday, and Mexico faces Saudi Arabia as all four teams in Group C remain in with a chance of qualifying for the round of 16. As Messi tries to keep his team in the race for the Cup, he might have to watch his back for Canelo.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.