When Benfica center-back Nicolas Otamendi took to Instagram on Saturday to share a video of the Argentina national team celebrating its 2022 FIFA World Cup group stage win over Mexico, he sure did not foresee the drama that would ensue the next day.
In the video, Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi was seen enthusiastically celebrating the grand victory with the rest of his Argentina teammates. He was later seen taking a seat and then brushing aside a Mexico national team shirt as he was attempting to take off his boots.
Boxing star Canelo Alvarez took to Twitter on Sunday to accuse Messi of “cleaning the floor with our shirt and flag.” He later doubled down by noting that “Since the MEXICO shirt is on the ground, it’s an insult.”
Multiple active and former players have since come to the defense of Messi, including Como midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
On Monday, the former Barcelona midfielder explained to Canelo why the Mexico shirt was on the floor in the first place.
“You don’t know the person, nor do you understand how a locker room works or what happens after a game,” Fabregas wrote on Twitter.
“ALL jerseys, even the ones we wear ourselves, go on the floor and get washed afterwards. Even more so when you’re celebrating a major victory.”
Ni conoces a la persona, ni entiendes el cómo funciona un vestuario o lo que pasa después de un partido. TODAS las camisetas, incluso las que usamos nosotros mismos, se van al suelo y se lavan después. Y más cuando celebras una victoria importante. https://t.co/dWwFKXdIUS
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) November 28, 2022
On Messi’s part, he sure has much of his attention set on Argentina’s World Cup group stage finale against Poland coming up on Wednesday.