Soccer star Lionel Messi living the sweet life

Thu, Apr 8

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has left plenty of opponents with the bitter taste of defeat. But soon, no matter what club you root for, you'll be able to savor one of Messi's goals. (Which apparently taste a little like dulce de leche.)

The 22-year-old reigning FIFA player of the year is the inspiration for a forthcoming dessert at upscale restaurant Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, according to Spanish news service EFE. Chef Jordi Roca has spent the past six months trying to perfect a dessert that captures the essence of a Messi goal. This isn't like when the sports bar down the street alters its menu on Opening Day so you have to order a "Babe Ruth" when you really just want a hamburger. Celler de Can Roca is one of only a handful of restaurants worldwide to receive the elite three-star Michelin rating.

So what does the footwork of one of the best players on the planet, possibly in the history of the game, taste like? Roca is playing it close to the chest, but revealed one ingredient to be the milk caramel popular in Latin American desserts.

This isn't Messi's first turn as confectionary muse. Just last weekend, he was the subject of life-size chocolate statue. While the resemblance may be striking (at least far as chocolate sculptures go), there's one big disparity between Messi and the 250-pound creation. By comparison, the 5-foot-7 Argentinian weighs in around 150.