World Cup 2022: Canelo Alvarez vs. Lionel Messi: Argentine striker refuses to apologize to Mexican boxer

Saúl Canelo Álvarez acknowledged his mistake and offered apologies, and now it was Lionel Messi‘s turn to speak and he is clear: at no time did he disrespect Mexico with the controversy created by the comments of the Mexican boxer and assured that he does not have to apologize.

Lionel Messi’s first words

The moment Messi allegedly kicks a Mexico jersey during Argentina’s celebrations@Ramiro1291

After Argentina’s victory over Poland to confirm itself as leader of Group C in the 2022 World Cup, Messi was questioned about what happened on Saturday in the Albiceleste’s dressing room, where he allegedly kicked a Mexico shirt that was on the floor, which upset Canelo, but the soccer player ended the controversy and assured that it was never a lack of respect.

“It was a misunderstanding. Those who know me know that I don’t disrespect anyone. These are things that happen in the locker room after the game. I don’t have to ask for forgiveness because I didn’t disrespect the people of Mexico or the jersey,” Messi said.

Canelo was so upset that he wrote on his social networks that he asked God not to meet the PSG player, and his comments generated the anger of several people, including Messi’s friends, teammates, compatriots and even Mexican players who agreed with the Argentina player.

Canelo Álvarez with his daughter Emily celebrating her birthday

Canelo repented and offered apologies

Canelo had to assume his mistake and said, in the same social network, that he got carried away by passion and that is why he criticized Messi on Sunday, but now calmer he showed repentance and even offered apologies to Messi and Argentina.

“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 so I want to apologize to Messi and the people of Argentina. Every day we learn something new and this time it was my turn,” the boxer commented on his Twitter account.

World Cup 2022: Canelo Alvarez vs. Lionel Messi: Mexican boxer backs live his fury against the Argentine striker

The controversy between Canelo Alvarez and Lionel Messi on Twitter added a new chapter this Monday night, in an unexpected space. The Mexican boxer spoke exclusively for the World Cup comedy show “Qu importa el Mundial” of the Mexican channel Imagen Televisin.

There he explained the reasons for his anger against the Argentinean star for sullifying a symbol that Mexicans respect (although it is not official), such as the jersey of one of the Mexican national teams.

The moment Messi allegedly kicks a Mexico jersey during Argentina’s celebrations@Ramiro1291

Why is Canelo upset with Messi?

“The context is this: with the fans you can’t control when their emotion overflows and they can throw the flag, throw the jersey whatever. That we can’t control, because it’s an overflowing fanaticism. But I represent a country or a Nation and if I fight against an Argentinean I can’t grab their flag and trample on it,” Saul Alvarez said.

Canelo recovering from left hand surgery@Canelo

Therefore, Canelo considers that Messi’s action, although it was not intended to mock Mexicans or is a gesture of superiority after Saturday’s match in Lusail, is not a good example for sportsmen of global impact, as they are:

“We are setting a very fucking example, in very bad taste. One that is an example for a nation, for some children, for many people. We have to set an example and since the shirt is on the ground, there is a lack of respect,” Canelo Alvarez said.

Canelo lvarez with his daughter Emily celebrating her birthday

Would Canelo forgive Messi with an apology?

Journalist Javier Alarcn alluded to some of those who intervened in the controversy who explained to the boxer that, in the soccer environment, this type of acts are not seen badly or considered an affront, so he asked him if “an apology from Messi or the Argentine Football Association, would be enough”:

“It’s not that, I have no need for him to say it (an apology). The truth is that I don’t expect that and I’m not going to expect it. But what I said is the person I am. I will always defend my country, I don’t care,” Canelo said. “I would just tell him what it is: ‘you screwed up, asshole, and accept it and apologize,’ period, and if not, I’ll slap him in the fucking face and that’s it.”

World Cup 2022: Canelo Alvarez vs. Lionel Messi: Public disapproval knocks out Mexican boxer, seriously damaging his public image

Canelo Alvarez got into a battle he will never win and the soccer media has let him know it and not for defending Lionel Messi, but because those who were in a locker room know that the jerseys are scattered everywhere and do not care about them.

The Messi’s video that provoked Canelo to leave is an example, it is not seen at any time that the Argentinean star has the intention of mocking or making fun of the Mexican National Team‘s jersey, besides, it is a piece of clothing, it is not the flag and there is no offense against the country. The only one offended is the Mexican boxer.

The moment Messi allegedly kicks a Mexico jersey during Argentina’s celebrations@Ramiro1291

The first to speak out in defense of Messi and to point out Sal lvarez’s ignorance in soccer were Kun Agero and Cesc Fbregas, but more soccer players and ex-players have joined the conversation. These are opinions that are worth paying attention to, not those who work in the media and have never been on a soccer field, such as ESPN hosts David Faitelson and lvaro Morales, who never miss an opportunity to get involved in the controversy.

Messi adds defenders against Canelo

Former Barcelona player and TUDN commentator Marc Crosas exploded at the attention given to Canelo’s threat and described the controversy as absurd because “sweaty clothes are always on the dressing room floor”.

Canelo lvarez with his daughter Emily celebrating her birthday

Also Mexican striker Alan Pulido asked not to invent with a “cheap news and make controversy”, since in the video it is appreciated that Messi does not kick the Mexico jersey.

“Stop wanting to invent cheap news and make controversy in something that makes no sense, Messi does not kick or step on any shirt of the Mexican National Team, for those who do not know much about soccer, that is normal in a dressing room, it is clearly seen that he wants to remove the stud,” Pulido wrote on Twitter.

Also, former Argentine soccer player Diego Latorre, who played in Mexican soccer for Cruz Azul and is now a commentator for ESPN Argentina called for sanity and for Sal lvarez to reconsider his opinion and leave aside “absurd nationalisms.”

Massive fight in the stands between Argentina and Mexico fans

“It would be necessary for Canelo to reconsider his position of using Messi’s soccer and human prestige to generate empathy with absurd nationalisms that have nothing to do with the spirit of a soccer match,” Latorre posted on Twitter.

What happened between Canelo and Messi?

In a video of Argentina’s celebration of its first World Cup victory, Messi can be seen lightly kicking Mexico’s jersey while trying to remove his shoes.

Canelo blew the situation out of proportion by taking to Twitter to express his frustration with Messi.

“Did you see Messi wiping the floor with our jersey and flag?” tweeted Alvarez. He better pray to God he doesn’t find him. Just as I respect Argentina, he has to respect Mexico! I’m not talking about the country as a whole, what Messi did,” Canelo said.

World Cup 2022: Herv Renard’s stirring half time speech which oversaw Saudi Arabia’s revival against Argentina

Saudi Arabia coach Herv Renar gave one of the most rousing half time talks ever witnessed on camera at the World Cup. After his team went into the break one-nil down against Argentina thanks to a Lionel Messi penalty, Renard conjured all his might to give them the motivational message they so needed after their lackluster first half.

“What are we doing? Is this our way of pressing? What do you want: to take a picture with Messi? You have to press him because he has the ball and you just stare at him. Messi has the ball and you all stand still, looking at him. You have to press him, push him, if you want a photo, take out your phones. But you have to give everything, this is the World Cup,” said Renard. The translator made sure the manager’s message was effectively transmitted, his words equally rousing.

His motivational speech clearly had the desired effect as his team went on to perform a historic come back defeating World Cup favorites Argentina 2-1 on the night.

Renard has since explained his reaction. “At half-time I wasn’t happy because we couldn’t play the way we did in the first half,” he said, before throwing Argentina a bone: “They’re going to qualify, don’t worry. What’s more, they could be world champions”

World Cup 2022: Argentina’s 36-game undefeated streak was snapped today before they could set a new record

Argentina’s loss against Saudi Arabia during their Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup debut has not only left them with a complicated future in their group, but it has also denied them the opportunity to continue piling up games without defeat and end their streak at 36 games, just one shy of the all-time record of 37 matches that Italy holds.

Argentina wanted to set a new undefeated record at Qatar 2022

Argentina’s 36 games without defeat are just second to Italy’s 37 undefeated games in a row, the Italian team’s streak happened between October 2018 and October 2021, coincidentally after losing that game they had a debacle that included them not qualifying for the World Cup.

Argentina’s last win was against an Arab country

Prior to their World Cup debut, Argentina faced the United Arab Emirates in a friendly match, trying to have a similar opponent as the one they would face in Saudi Arabia.

The difference was that on that match they won easily with a 5-0 scoreboard, with many suggesting that was happening as well today, against a Saudi Arabian team that shocked the world and tripped one of the top contenders in this World Cup.

World Cup 2022: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo play together ahead of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are on the same team but unfortunatelly for fans that have dreamed for it to be on the field, this time both superstars are collaborating with Louis Vuitton on a marketing campaing ahead of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi shared it on social media

Both players posted the same picture on their Instagram account, in which they can be seen face to face while playing a chess match that has a Louis Vuitton suitcase as a board.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo made the post in what appears to be a paid advertisement campaign by the French brand.

Both of their captions read: “Victory is a State of Mind. A long tradition of crafting trunks”.

Cristiano Ronaldo spoke highly of Lionel Messi this week

Cristiano Ronaldo gave an interview to Piers Morgan in the past weeks and it aired this week leading up to the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Portuguese spoke about a variety of issues but his comments regarding Lionel Messi left many astonished, as he said that he wants to be friends with him and have a similar relationship to the one Maradona and Pel had.

“He is an amazing player. Magic. Top. As a person, we share the stage 16 years. Imagine 16 years. So, I have great relationship with him,” Ronaldo told Morgan.

World Cup 2022: Cristiano Ronaldo’s reason to retire from soccer at the end of this World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo‘s last days have been a whirlwind, and although he is concentrating with the Portuguese national team, he has talked about his present with Manchester United, so it is very possible that CR7 will no longer have a team at the end of the World Cup, although that may no longer matter, as he opened the door to his retirement under certain conditions.

Cristiano: If Messi scores two goals in the World Cup final and I score three? “Then I will retire”

Cristiano’s retirement is directly linked to Messi

Although Cristiano Ronaldo has already said on other occasions that he would like to play until he is 40 years old, and much has been speculated in which team his career will continue after the World Cup, but now he pointed out that there is a possibility of retiring after Qatar 2022.

“I want to play two or three more years, maximum. I want to finish at 40, a good age. I don’t know the future. Sometimes you plan one thing for your life and as I said many times, life is dynamic and you never know what is going to happen,” he sentenced, although he also opened the possibility for Qatar to be his last tournament before hanging up his boots.

In the last interview CR7 gave, the reporter questioned him about a hypothetical case in which Argentina and Portugal face each other in the final, and Messi scores two goals and the Portuguese scores three…” I’m retiring.”

Nike’s incredible retro-futuristic commercial for Qatar 2022: a true CGI masterpiece@Nike-YT

The fans are always in Ronaldo’s heart

“It’s probably my last World Cup, of course, my fifth World Cup. I don’t know what’s going to happen after the World Cup, but as I told you before, and I’ll say it again, the fans will always be in my heart and I hope they will be by my side, even if I come back, or if I don’t come back, or if I stay or whatever. Nobody is perfect. The episodes in life that we all have is part of being a human being, it’s part of me being a human being and a father as well. I’m always going to make mistakes. But I don’t know, it’s difficult to say right now what will happen after the World Cup because my focus is for the World Cup, for the Portugal national team.”

Cristiano remains motivated to win the World Cup

“My motivation is not the same as it was a few months ago. I’m not saying I need a new challenge, we’ll see. My focus is on the World Cup. It’s probably good for United and for me to have a new challenge. But if I come back, I hope people will let me shine as I have done at other clubs in recent years,” he said of his time with United and Ten Hag.

Bruno Fernandes’ gives Cristiano Ronaldo frosty greeting after his Piers Morgan interview

Ronaldo and Messi are coming to their fifth World Cup, they are two of the main players to follow in Qatar, and both have yet to win a title for their nations, so we will be able to see them at their best and with a lot of ambition to achieve their only unfinished business.

World Cup 2022: The struggles Lionel Messi went through after losing the World Cup final

Lionel Messi‘s former agent says it took the Argentine star a long time to get over the Albiceleste’s defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup Final.

Fabian Soldini spoke to Infobae, stating he still has a great relationship with the PSG star. He took things one step further by explaining it wasn’t easy for the star to stomach the heartbreaking defeat

“When I was at his house, after 10 years of not seeing him, he told me ‘Fabi, I’ve been waking up at night thinking about the final in Brazil for a year. I can’t sleep. And I can tell you that. It goes round and round in his head,” Soldini said.

Soldini went on to explain why the defeat affected him so much: “It’s his love. His love is the national team. It is neither Barcelona nor Newell’s…. His love is for Argentina. His great love is the National Team.”

The professional relationship between the two ended in 2005 due to several differences over the Argentine star’s career, though they still maintain an excellent friendship.

Lionel Messi’s Inter Miami move has NBA star in disbelief: promises he’ll get season tickets

If anyone needs an example of the hype Lionel Messi’s rumored signing would bring to the MLS and US sports in general, they need to look no further than the NBA. The Portland Trail Blazer’s own Josh Hart is in literal disbelief at the prospect of living in the same country as the PSG star.

Despite Portland being over 3,200 miles from Miami, Josh Hart made a bold promise on Twitter: “Ain’t no way Messi is going to Inter Miami next year…if he does I’m getting season tickets for the summer.”

Josh Hart is a big Chelsea fan and the MLS is growing on him

Josh Hart is a big soccer fan and has already visited USMNT superstar Christian Pulisic in London when he visited the Chelsea facilities. He also went to Barcelona on vacation and took a tour of the Camp Nou. While the NBA player has a particular passion for soccer, it’s clear that Messi’s arrival to Miami would be of massive interest to fans from all walks of life.

Hart is an avid Chelsea fan and would get into tiffs with LeBron James when they were teammates on the Lakers over Bron’s ownership stake in Liverpool. He is also starting to follow MLS and was recently seen at a Portland Timbers game. His allegiance would definitely switch to Miami though if the South Florida team indeed secured Messi’s signing.

Messi’s signing for Inter Miami, a matter of time

For the time being, Messi’s signing for Inter Miami is still hypothetical. But is seems to be gaining momentum and makes lots of sense. The Argentine is one of the few names in soccer that resonates with people across all demographics in the United States, so the endorsement opportunities would be endless.

In Miami, where Messi already purchased a luxury condo for $7.3M, the footballer frequently vacations and even has a hamburger sold at Hard Rock Casino sold under his namesake: the Messi Burger.

Lionel Messi announces he’ll be investing in sports and tech through his new Silicon Valley company

Lionel Messi is in the twilight of his career and despite of still being one of the world’s premiere soccer players, he continues to make moves towards securing his finantial future once he hangs up his boots, a moment that gets closer each day that goes by, specially considering he has already announced that the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup will be the last of its kind he gets to play.

Messi: “For sure this will be my last World Cup”

Lionel Messi launches his sports and tech investement firm

This Wednesday the Argentinian superstar announced that he’s creating a holding company that will invest in sports, media and technology around the globe.

It will be based out of Silicon Valley in San Francisco, California and is named Play Time Sports-Tech HoldCo LLC and it now becomes Messi’s primary investment vehicle.

The company will explore opportunities that could include investing in professional teams or helping startup founders build football-tech companies among other things.

Lionel Messi’s shared the news in a statement were he also couldn’t hide his excitement.

“I am excited to extend our roots into Silicon Valley, and I am thrilled that Play Time will collaborate with daring entrepreneurs from all over the world,” he expressed.

Mbappe leapfrogs Messi to top Forbes rich list

Lionel Messi will have help in his business venture

The company will be run by Razmig Hovaghimian, who is a partner at Graph Ventures and Michael Marquez, the founding partner of the investment bank Code Advisors LLC, in a special advisor role.

Hovaghimian has the necessary experience to take on this project as he is also the co-founder of a football venture in which Messi’s company is investing and is preparing to be launched before the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup kicks off in November.

“From the time I met Leo and the Messi family in 2017, it was clear that their vision for the future is bold,” Hovaghimian said in a statement.

He also explained how the family wants to continue to have a direct and lasting impact on and off the pitch.