First, Messi the Soccer God. Next, Messi the Chicken Sandwich

The new dish is in partnership with Hard Rock International
Lionel Messi in a chef’s jacket
Before he slips into an Inter Miami jersey, Lionel Messi tries out a chef’s jacket first. Hard Rock photo

As Lionel Messi, world-renowned soccer sensation and international icon, prepares to join Major League Soccer in South Florida, Hard Rock International has teamed with the sports hero to create … a chicken sandwich.

At participating Hard Rock Cafe locations around the world, guests can order the Messi Chicken Sandwich, a treat featuring a crispy Milanese-style chicken breast topped with melted provolone cheese and herbed aioli. It comes paired with fresh tomatoes and arugula.

“Leo Messi is not just one of the greatest athletes and cultural icons on the planet, he’s also an ambassador who aligns very closely with our values as an organization,” said Jim Allen, Chairman of Hard Rock International. “We are extremely honored to partner with someone who embodies the champion and winning spirit in all facets of his professional and personal life, and we look forward to welcoming him to the U.S. as part of our extended Hard Rock family.”

The dish is inspired by the Milanesa, one of Messie’s favorite foods growing up. Milanesa is typically a beef or pork dish that’s coated with bread crumbs and fried. In Argentina, it’s often served alongside French fries or mashed potatoes.

The Messi chicken sandwich
The Messi Chicken Sandwich will be available at participating Hard Rock Cafe locations. Hard Rock photo

“I’m thrilled to bring the flavors of my home country to the world with the launch of my very own Chicken Sandwich, inspired by one of my favorite dishes, the Milanesa,” said Lionel Messi, world-renowned soccer sensation and international icon. “There has been no better partner than Hard Rock International in bringing this to life. Like any great teammate, Hard Rock has been with me through historic milestones, and I can’t wait for my fans all over the world to get a taste of one of my childhood favorites that still makes me feel at home, wherever in the world I am.”

Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, Messi, 36, has won a record seven Ballon d’Or awards and a record six European Golden Shoes. Messi is tentatively set to make his MSL debut on July 21 for Inter Miami.

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