Tuesday, August 13, 2013

POPE FRANCIS MEETS MESSI, ARGENTINA AND ITALY PLAYERS

Friendly rivalry: Italy take on Argentina on Wednesday night

Players of the Italian national team and Argentina  national  team met with Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis at the Vatican ahead of the friendly between the both side in Rome on Wednesday night.

World best footballer Lionel Messi met with the Pontiff, who is his compatriot with his team mates as well as players from the Azzurriof Italy..


Maverick Azzurri striker and AC Milan forwar Mario Balotelli ,who has withdrawn from the friendly with a knee injury, was present as Francis told the players to remember they are role models on and off the field 'for better or worse.' 
                                
An audience with the Pope: Both teams give Francis a rousing reception
Maverick Azzurri striker and AC Milan forwar Mario Balotelli ,who has withdrawn from the friendly with a knee injury, was present as Francis told the players to remember they are role models on and off the field 'for better or worse.' 

Francis also asked for the players' prayers for himself 'on the playing field God put me on' and lamented that sport has become big business.

All smiles: Balotelli and the Pope share a joke
It will also be interesting to see if Balotelli will heed the advice of the Pope. 

Source: DailyMail
 

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