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Soccer Star Lionel Messi Just Introduced Fans To Argentine Pizza—And People Are Appalled

The Inter Miami star divided fans after sharing a photo on Instagram of his Argentine pizza.

Soccer Star Lionel Messi Just Introduced Fans To Argentine Pizza—And People Are Appalled
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If you're the type who's revolted and outraged by pineapple pizza, well... you might want to sit this one out. Because it turns out Argentina's traditional pizza is on a whole other level.

This cultural exchange has many people on the internet horrified after Argentine soccer legend and current MLS player for Inter Miami Lionel Messi shared a photo of a traditional Argentine pizza to his Instagram story.

Suffice to say, many of Messi's followers won't be jetting down to Buenos Aires for a couple slices any time soon.

The pizza Messi posted is admittedly... different. On a super-thin crust, it doesn't appear to have very much cheese, but what it does have is seemingly thousands of sliced tomatoes, topped with white onions and green olives and some seasoning.

God bless the Argentines if this is how they like to do things and we've no desire to yuck anyone's yum, but... well, come on!

But as several pointed out on X, aka Twitter, Messi's pie is indeed a traditional way of doing pizza in Argentina.

There are apparently several variations, of which Messi's is only one, but the most traditional type of Argentine pizza is "fugazza," which is made on a focaccia-like dough with parmesan cheese, caramelized onions and slices of red pepper.

And several people familiar with Argentine pizza took to Twitter in response to defend Messi's choice, even if they did have to admit it's not quite as good as the pizza we're used to here in the US, mainly because all those tomato slices are meant to be a substitute for the sauce.

But of course when we Americans go over to Italy, it's not like we get Domino's-style pizza either. So maybe we should all just chalk this up to a lovely cultural exchange, right?

Maybe, but people on Twitter were definitely not in that kind of mood. There were a lot of hurt feelings over Messi's pizza!

If there's a silver lining, it's that Messi's post seems to have blown up Banchero pizza in Miami.

But even that wasn't enough to inspire forgiveness.

At least he's really, really good at soccer, right?