Famous Mexican Boxer Canelo Alvarez Reveals Why He Apologized To Lionel Messi During The 2022 FIFA World Cup


    Canelo Alvarez has revealed why he apologized to Lionel Messi during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

    Alvarez lashed out at Messi on social media during the tournament, as he accused the 37-year-old of disrespecting the national flag of Mexico.

    His comments came after Argentina defeated Mexico 2-0 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail, Qatar.

    Lionel Messi scored in the encounter, netting the opener for Le Albiceleste in the 64th minute before Chelsea’s Enzo Fernandez scored 3 minutes before the end of regulation time.

    Speaking on why he apologized to Messi, Canelo Alvarez during an interview with Univision Fresno expressed that it was basically down to him acknowledging that he was wrong.

    Alvarez said: “You have to admit when you are wrong. It doesn’t make you better or worse. You have to admit when you make a mistake.”

    The 33-year-old Mexican professional boxer also claimed that his initial brash comments were borne out of his support for the Mexican team at the tournament.

    He added: “The euphoria of supporting the Mexican team at the moment and to see them losing like that….Well obviously, you don’t put too much thought into your actions. But you have to recognize when you mess up and that is it.”

    The Comments Of Canelo Alvarez On X (Formerly Known As Twitter) Hounding Lionel Messi

    Canelo Alvarez’s comments which resulted in him subsequently apologizing to Messi read: “Did you see Messi cleaning the floor with our jersey and flag????”

    The 33-year-old then shared that Lionel Messi should pray that he doesn’t get in contact with him.

    Alvarez wrote: “He better pray to God that I don’t find him!! Just as I respect Argentina, he has to respect Mexico!

    “I’m not talking about the country as a whole, just about the bulls— that Messi did.”

    The tweet posted on November 28, 2022, has long been deleted, with both parties now seemingly on good terms.

    Who is Canelo Alvarez?

    He is a Mexican professional boxer, who was born on July 18, 1990, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

    His full name? 

    Santos Saúl Canelo Álvarez Barragán.

    Boxing records?

    The 33-year-old has been involved in 65 boxing bouts, winning 61, drawing 2 and losing 2.

    Canelo Alvarez’s Personal Life?

    The Mexican is Catholic and in May 2021, he tied the knot with his longtime partner Fernanda Gómez in a ceremony at the Guadalajara Cathedral in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    The 33-year-old has four children – three daughters; Emily, Mia, and Maria alongside one son, named Saul. All his children were birthed by different women.

    Emily Alvarez was born from a relationship with Karen Beltran when he was just 16 years old.

    His son, Saul, was born in 2019 from his relationship with former business partner Nadia Sepulveda.

    Daughter, Maria, is Alvarez’s only child from his current marriage. Mía Álvarez was born to mother Valeria Quiroz, a former girlfriend of Canelo.

    The timeframe of her birth is uncertain, but reports indicate that it is between 2015 and 2014.

    Lionel Messi With Argentina In 2024 Copa America

    Meanwhile, Lionel Messi is focused on his engagements with Argentina at the ongoing 2024 Copa America.

    The attacker is yet to score at the tournament after two matches, but he provided an assist in Lionel Scaloni’s side’s opening game against Canada, setting up Lautaro Martinez in the 88th minute.

    Argentina sit at the summit of their Group with 6 points from 2 matches and they play Peru in their final group affair on Sunday, June 30, 2024.

    Argentina are the current holders of the Copa America and they will also be looking to defend their crown.


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