The World Cup is underway and it seems that everyone is watching.
And everyone is getting involved in the drama too.
Over the weekend legendary Mexican boxer, Canelo Alvarez, went after Argentinian soccer legend, Lionel Messi for disrespecting the Mexican shirt and flag by using it to clean up the locker room after a game.
“He better pray to God that I don’t find him!!” Álvarez tweeted. “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.”
Now Argentinian UFC fighter Santiago Ponzinibbio is weighing in on the threats.
“I was pissed,” Ponzinibbio told MMA Fighting. “No point threatening Messi. Everybody knows Messi’s career. If [Alvarez] doesn’t know he shouldn’t say a thing. It’s normal for players to throw jerseys on the ground, they are all sweaty, but he didn’t do anything disrespectful. Everybody that knows Messi knows he’s an impeccable athlete and a very respectful person.”
He went on to praise Messi, who led his team to a 2-0 victory over Mexico.
“[Messi] had an excellent match,” Ponzinibbio said. “I was upset. Brother, if you want to fight, I’m ready, but leave Messi be. You mess with Messi, you mess with the entire Argentina. Don’t bother the kid.”