This is all about Lionel Messi’s favorite food. And here’s what you need to know about the GOAT before the MLS Season begins: he LOVES his family and sharing good meals with them and his friends. For the Argentinian World Champion, success is more than gold trophies and popularity, it’s about his country, the people he loves, and spending quality time with his family and team. Talking about being humble, aren’t we? 

Inspired by Messi’s heart and simplicity we want to share the recipe of one of his favorite dishes. Which is, of course, a traditional Argentinian delight. There are many places he loves visiting while being in his country or traveling, but there’s nothing like a homemade Milanesa Napolitana for him. 

So, to honor the captain and star of Inter Miami. Here’s how you can watch his games best: with a Milanesa Napolitana made at home. 

What will you need? 

  • 1 1/2 lb. Beef Round Steak
  • 6 Eggs
  • 3 cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1 handful Parsley, chopped
  • 1 lb. Bread Crumbs
  • Vegetable oil to fry
  • 1 cup Tomato Sauce
  • Fresh Mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Dry Oregano

How To Make Messi’s Milanesa

  1. Slice the steak into cutlets of about half an inch in width.
  2. Flatten the cutlets using your hand or a weight.
  3. Mix the 6 eggs, salt, garlic, and parsley in a large bowl. Cover the cutlets in the mix.
  4. Coat the cutlets in breadcrumbs making sure it’s even on both sides.
  5. Fry the breaded cutlets in hot oil until golden. Reserve with a paper towel to absorb the remaining oil.
  6. Transfer into a baking pan, add a tablespoon of tomato sauce, a slice of mozzarella, and a pinch of oregano on top of each cutlet.
  7. Bake for 5 minutes at 350°F.
  8. Serve with a side of French fries, marinara sauce, and a fried egg on top.
lionel messi's favorite food milanesa napolitana

Although its name holds an Italian factor (Napolitana, based on the city of Naples in Italy), the recipe is 100% Argentinian. You might be wondering “How?”. Well… you’d be surprised to learn that Argentinians have a European background mostly from Spain and Italy. When these countries were going through a huge crisis, many people decided to emigrate to the southern cone of the American continent. And that’s how the story begins, descendants from this first group of immigrants wanted to remember them so many streets, places, and dishes are named in honor of those who crossed the Atlantic to build their life in a new country. 

Is there a better way to celebrate Lionel Messi, the MLS Season, and cultural exchange than by sharing delicious Latin recipes? We’ll leave that one for you to figure it out. 

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