Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez has threatened Lionel Messi after what he deemed was disrespect to a Mexican jersey.
Messi scored for Argentina in their vital 2-0 win over Mexico on Sunday to keep his nation’s World Cup dream alive.
In a video of the Argentine side celebrating the victory, Messi can be seen slightly kicking the Mexico jersey as he attempted to remove his cleats.
“Did you guys see Messi cleaning the floor with our jersey and flag,” Alvarez tweeted after the video surfaced. “He better pray to God that I don’t find him.”
“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 did.”
Messi himself was relieved to have scored the vital match-winner that keeps his nation’s World Cup hopes alive after their shock 2-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia in the opening game of Group C.
“We needed this euphoria,” Messi said. “The days were very long, and we were eager to have the chance to turn it around. It was a critical game. [Winning] was a weight off our shoulders, and we now have peace of mind.”
“The first half was difficult due to the situation and the need to win. We couldn’t find spaces. In the second half, we started playing our game and doing what we stand for. … The goal changed the game.”