Messi wants to meet fellow Argentine Pope Francis

Lionel Messi feels ”proud” that Pope Francis is a fellow

Argentine and wants to meet the new head of the Roman Catholic

church.

Messi spoke Thursday for the first time on Pope Francis after

training with the rest of the Argentina squad for Friday’s World

Cup qualifier against Venezuela in Buenos Aires.

Pope Francis is a former archbishop of Buenos Aires and

life-long supporter of soccer club San Lorenzo, which is based in

the Argentine capital. Messi grew up as a fan of Newell’s Old Boys,

a team located in the city of Rosario.