Not only fellow professionals or compatriots defended Lionel Messi, but also professional boxers like Cuban Yordenis Ugas, who was disappointed with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s reaction after criticizing Messi for allegedly kicking a Mexico jersey.
After Canelo showed his annoyance for seeing a t-shirt on the floor of Argentina’s dressing room and Messi, while trying to take off a soccer shoe, kicked it, the boxer regretted what the soccer player did and even threatened by saying “May he ask God not to find it for me“.
Who has defended Lionel Messi?
Former soccer players such as Sergio Agüero and Cesc Fábregas, Mexicans Andrés Guardado or Miguel Layún, and former boxers such as Sergio Martínez or the current champion Fernando Puma Martínez, came to Messi’s defense.
All these voices were joined by former champion Yordenis Ugas, who recognized Canelo as one of the greatest fighters of the moment, but regretted his reaction.
“You are the greatest representation of boxing and Latinos. Especially, that many of us look at you as a mirror of respect, triumph and professionalism. To behave like that is disappointing. We expect more from you, champ. Look at all the shirts on the floor after a game,” he responded in a message on social networks.
Ugas says Messi is a gentleman
And after lashing out at Canelo, he highlighted Messi and applauded what the Mexico and Argentina teams showed on the field on Saturday, when the Albiceleste won 2-0.
“Messi is a gentleman, he has never made fun of any rival and even less of a nation of warriors like Mexico. It was a disputed match that the best team won. Fans fight each other over nothing, you tell me if a star like you puts pepper on it. Both countries are great fans.