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Moscow chocolatiers create life-sized Messi sculpture

June 25, 2018
By Bakers Journal

Daria Malkina adds finishing touches to life-sized chocolate sculpture Photo credit: Tatyana Makeyeva for Reuters

FIFA and chocolate seldom meet (except at the concession stands.) This year, Moscow chocolatier Altufyevo created a life-size statue of Lionel Messi out of chocolate, in honour of his birthday.

“We found out by chance that it was Messi’s birthday on June 24,” said chief confectioner Daria Malkina, in a Reuters press release. “And we thought, ‘why not make Leo a gift, a chocolate sculpture of himself’?”

Malkina said she had been in touch with Messi’s representatives about handing him the sculpture, which will be mounted on a birthday cake.

Argentina’s forward will be celebrating his 31st birthday. The solid chocolate statue weighs 60 kg, and took over a week to carve.


The sculpture will also be put on display in Bronnitsy, a town located about 50 kilometers from Moscow. That is Argentina’s base during the month-long World Cup tournament.

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