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These Photos Do Not Show Canelo Alvarez’s Home After Threatening Messi

Misbar's Editorial Team Misbar's Editorial Team
6th December 2022
These Photos Do Not Show Canelo Alvarez’s Home After Threatening Messi
These images predate the 2022 World Cup (Twitter)

The Claim

Two images show Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez's home after he threatened Lionel Messi.

Emerging story

Two photos purported to show Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez's house after a gang destroyed his valuables and left a message saying, "Messi is untouchable, you idiot."

They also claimed that the house's losses totaled 50 million euros.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar found the circulating photos misleading.

Misbar found the photos circulating to be outdated and unrelated to Canelo Alvarez's house.

The claim came after the boxer threatened to beat Lionel Messi following Mexico’s World Cup match loss to Argentina.

Are These Photos of Canelo Alvarez’s House?

No, these images do not depict Canelo Alvares' home.

The photo was first shared on the Reddit website one year ago.

According to the caption, the photo depicts a destroyed house after a drunken husband beat his wife over a disagreement.

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The photo’s caption reads, "My boyfriend, now ex, completely destroyed our home and beat me after a drunken disagreement. I never thought this would happen, but I wrote off all of his violent tendencies as non-harmful to me. Please, don’t assume you are safe with a man that shows these flags."

The second viral photo online dates to July 2022.

The circulating photo was taken from a video of two men who robbed a house in Chula Vista, California, for $250,000.

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Why Did Canelo Alvarez Threaten Messi?

Following Argentina's 2-0 World Cup victory over Mexico, Argentine defender Nicolás Otamendi posted a video of the locker room celebrations.

Argentina's captain, Messi, can be seen taking off his boots and appearing to touch a Mexican jersey lying on the ground in front of him as the camera pans around.

Alvarez perceived this as disrespectful behavior, and he then expressed his outrage online.

Alvarez tweeted: "Did you see Messi cleaning the floor with our jersey and flag???? 

"He better pray to God that I don't find him!! Just like I respect Argentina, he has to respect Mexico!"

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However, the boxer later apologized by saying, "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, for which I want to apologize to Messi and the people of Argentina. Every day we learn something new, and this time it was my turn."

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On his turn, Lionel Messi was quoted by TUDN saying, "It was a misunderstanding" following the boxer’s public threat. 

"Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t disrespect anyone. It’s locker room stuff that happens after the game. I don’t have to apologize because I don’t disrespect the people of Mexico or the shirt," he added.

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The 2022 FIFA World Cup

For the first time in World Cup history, the tournament is being held in an Arab country.

This is Asia's second World Cup, following the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.

The tournament, which began on November 20 and is expected to last until December 18, will feature 32 teams.

The knockout stages of the Qatar 2022 World Cup began on December 3—the tournament's 14th day—with two matches scheduled every day until December 6, 2022.

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