Lionel Messi has ignited a social media frenzy by sharing his unusual pizza order online.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Messi had decided not to participate in Argentina’s World Cup qualifying match against Bolivia, citing discomfort.
This announcement came just days after the 36-year-old had scored in the 1-0 game against Ecuador.
As fans speculated about whether Messi’s undisclosed fitness issue might affect his availability for Inter Miami’s upcoming match against Atlanta United, his recent social media activity has shed light on the situation.
It appears that the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has stayed in Miami and did not travel with the rest of the team to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
On Friday, Messi took to Instagram to share an unconventional-looking pizza he had ordered from Banchero Miami, an Argentinian pizza restaurant located on Miami Beach.
As Inter’s official Instagram account has also failed to upload a picture of the midfielder arriving in Atlanta alongside the likes of Sergio Busquets and DeAndre Yedlin, it’s assumed that he will play no part in the forthcoming game.
While fans are seemingly not roasting Messi for putting his health before the MLS game they have taken to social media to discuss his questionable pizza order.
In an Instagram video shared with his 487million followers, Messi showed off a ‘healthy’ pizza topped with fresh tomatoes, green olives and rings of raw onion.
Stills from the video have been posted to Reddit and X which has sparked a frenzy within fans.
One Reddit user wrote: “Expel him from Earth.”
Elsewhere, one X user claimed the dish was ‘the healthiest pizza in the world!”
Another commented: “Cursed looking pizza.”
“What in Italian is that thing? And the irony on the box ‘la verdadera pizza,” said a third.
Another Italian took to social media to write: “I’m Italian and I’m disgusted.”
Atlanta United are due to host Inter Miami at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium at 10pm BST.