Saul ‘Canelo’ Álvarez had men lined up to fight him in boxing, but he had time to start competing in a completely different sport.
After Argentina’s victory over Mexico in their most recent World Cup group stage matchone Video of the celebration in the dressing room goes viral on social media. In the video above, Lional Messi grazes a Mexican head – presumably the one he swaps with an opposing player after 90 minutes – with his foot.
The undisputed super-middleweight champion didn’t do that well. He took to Twitter, threatening what might happen if two great players ever walked past each other.
“Did you see Messi mopping the floor with our jerseys and flags? He should pray to God that I can’t find him. Just as I respect Argentina, he must respect Mexico! I’m not talking about the country [as a whole]only about the bullshit Messi did.”
Not everyone has the guts to go up against Canelo, especially if they’re aware of his record of 39 knockouts, but one person who did is Sergio Aguero – who played alongside Messi for the game. club and country.
“Mr Canelo, don’t make excuses or problems, you certainly don’t know about football and what happens in the dressing room. The shirts were always lying on the floor after the games were over due to sweat and then if you could see clearly he was taking off his shoe and accidentally bumping it.”
Canelo responds, not backing down, but double-attacking. He calls the now-retired start-up striker ‘b****rd’ and ‘hypocritical’.
“You too, you bastard? You used to write me, ‘oh, oh, Canelo’, and now you’re crying. Don’t be a hypocrite, b****rd.”
Aguero, somewhat humorously, continues with a boxing comparison.
“I admire you, Mr. Canelo. But what he did today with Messi was a low shot. And you know better than anyone that this is unfair. Eliminated.”
However, the former Man City player is not the only one to stand up against the boxing icon. Cesc Fabregas – who has played for Arsenal, Chelsea, Barcelona and his native Spain – told Canelo he doesn’t understand the sport.
“You don’t know the person and you don’t understand how the dressing room works or what happens after a game.”
“All the t-shirts, including the ones we wore, were on the floor and washed afterwards. And more so when you celebrate an important victory.”
Most fans also sided with football, with many seeing Álvarez’s outburst as painful loser syndrome following his country’s 2-0 defeat. With pretty clear video evidence and Messi’s history of respect and sportsmanship, it’s hard to disagree. 10-8 Aguero.