Saúl Canelo Álvarez took to Twitter to squash a Twitter war he started against Argentina and Lionel Messi; the apology comes after universal backlash.
Saúl Canelo Álvarez may be a great boxer, but he knows nothing about football. Álvarez launched a self-interpreted Twitter war against Argentina and Lionel Messi after he believed that Messi “kicked” the Mexican national team’s shirt after a group stage match at the FIFA World Cup.
Sergio Agüero, the former Argentina and Manchester City striker, took to the podium and told Canelo that it was common practice for equipment to be on the floor after matches. Unhappy with this response, the boxer continued to reply to the tweets and even retweeted an edited photo, believing it to be Messi’s social media.
The star of the Mexican national team, Andrés Guardado, also came to the Argentine’s aid, now the kilo giant had to apologize for the completely ill-timed and misunderstood “fight” with Lionel Messi.
Saúl Canelo Álvarez issues apology to Lionel Messi
Saúl Canelo Álvarez received huge public backlash from fans all around the world, including Mexican fans for his “ignorance” and lack of soccer knowledge. Many fans took the time to inform Canelo about Messi’s character and many sports influencers took to social media to tell Canelo he has poorly tried to show nationalism by throwing mud on one of soccer’s biggest class acts.
Canelo tweeted, “These last few days I got carried away by the passion and love I feel for my country and made comments that were out of place for which I want to apologize to Messi and the people of Argentina. Every day we learn something new and this time it was my turn. I wish both teams much success in their matches today and here we will continue supporting Mexico until the end.”
More confusing by Canelo’s original statement was what kind of national pride was he trying to show? Even the least knowledgeable soccer fan knows of the respect Messi has for his rivals and other cultures. If Canelo wanted to jump on the World Cup bandwagon, it was poorly executed.