Santiago Ponzinibbio has defended Lionel Messi following scathing criticism from boxer Canelo Alvarez Santiago Ponzinibbio of Argentina and Michel Pereira of Brazil trade punches in a welterweight bout © Getty Images / Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

UFC welterweight star Santiago Ponzinibbio has warned boxing icon Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez that he is picking a fight he cannot win in his scathing criticism of footballer Lionel Messi.

Multiple-time boxing world champion Canelo appeared to take considerable umbrage with footage that appeared online following Argentina’s FIFA World Cup win against his native Mexico, which appeared to show Messi wiping his feet on the dressing room floor with a Mexican jersey after Argentina’s 2-0 win on Saturday.

An aggrieved Canelo tweeted shortly after the match that Messi was “cleaning the floor with our flag” after the game in which the PSG forward opened the scoring in the Group C encounter.