Pope Francis receives signed jersey from Messi

Vatican City, April 18 (IANS/EFE) Pope Francis was presented with a jersey signed by Argentine soccer star Messi by a group of priests during Wednesday’s public audience.

Messi’s FC Barcelona jersey will join the Spanish national team jersey given to the pontiff Monday by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy during an audience at the Vatican.

The 76-year-old Argentine-born pope, a big soccer fan, has been building up quite a collection of jerseys.

His favourite team, Atletico San Lorenzo, recently presented the pope, a season ticket holder, with a jersey.

–IANS/EFE

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