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.

The world’s top footballer spoke Thursday for the first time in

public about Pope Francis after training with the rest of the

Argentina squad for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Venezuela

in Buenos Aires.

”All Argentines are proud the Pope is from here,” Messi said.

”Obviously, one day I’d like to meet him.”

Pope Francis is a former archbishop of Buenos Aires and

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

the Argentine capital. Messi, the four-time FIFA world player of

the year, grew up as a fan of Newell’s Old Boys, a team located in

the city of Rosario.

Messi had congratulated the new Pope in a message on his

Facebook account, but this was the first time he talked openly

about former Cardinal Julio Bergolio.