Lionel Messi, the World Player of the Year met with the Pope in the meeting that he said was something that will forever live on in his memory.
The Argentina team is in Italy for a friendly match and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who is accompanying the team, had an opportunity to meet with Pope Francis- the head of the Catholic Church, as he was attending a ceremony at the Vatican.
Speaking to the reporters at the ceremony Messi said: “I am proud to have met the pope here and also because he, like me, is Argentinean. Football has taken me all over the world, to the most incredible places, but what happened is unforgettable."
The Pope described football as a good example to the millions of people to which the World Player of the Year replied: “the best way to reply is to put on a great spectacle on the playing field and in the stands. We footballers have always set a good example on the pitch.
Even though Messi is unlikely to feature in the friendly due to the muscle strain he suffered during Barcelona’s Asian tour he continues to draw the headlines ahead of the match.
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