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
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.