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Boxer Alvarez threatens Messi over jersey ‘insult’

Boxer Alvarez threatens Messi over jersey ‘insult’

Champion boxer Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez issued a warning to Lionel Messi after a video emerged of the star celebrating Argentina's World Cup win over Mexico with a Mexican jersey on the floor.

The video shared on social media showed Messi seemingly touch the Mexican jersey with his foot while he and his teammates jumped up and down in their changing room following Saturday's 2-0 win.

"Did you see Messi cleaning the changing room with our jersey and flag????" wrote Mexican Alvarez, a four-weight champion boxer, on Twitter.

"He had better ask God that I don't find him!!"

Alvarez's outburst elicited immediate responses from those defending Messi and claiming there was nothing unusual about a football jersey being on the floor after a match.

Argentina captain Messi had apparently swapped shirts with his Mexico counterpart Andres Guardado.