AMAZING PHOTOS – Lionel Messi and Mario Balotelli Meet Pope Francis
Two big-name Argentines have had a VIP meeting at the Vatican – Pope Francis and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
Ahead of Argentina’s friendly against Italy in Rome on Wednesday night players from both sides enjoyed a private audience with the first Latin American-born pontiff in the Apostolic Palace.
|The Hand of God: Messi and Italy captain Gigi Buffon (left) meet the Pope on Tuesday|
|All smiles: Balotelli and the Pope share a joke|
|Friendly rivalry: Italy take on Argentina on Wednesday night|
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.