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2013 08 17 Retrieve

[Pope Francis ahead of the Italy-Argentina friendly] It’s a bit hard for me to decide who to support - it’s a good thing it’s only a friendly!

2014 08 16 Retrieve

[Pope Francis, a San Lorenzo supporter referring to the Argentinian club winning the 2014 Copa Libertadores] Today is a special day

2014 09 06 Retrieve

[Pope Francis, before the first Interreligious Match for Peace, that took place at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on 1 September at his request] Use this match to say no to all forms of discrimination. This sport is about joy and celebration, and as footballers you are witnesses to that. Religions are called upon to provide a bond of peace and never one of hate

2016 08 05 Retrieve

[Pope Francis believes Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the greatest-ever player] For me, [Lionel] Messi is better than Maradona and Pele

2019 04 06 Retrieve

[Pope Francis answers question on television programme La Sexta: Is it a sacrilege to refer to Lionel Messi as ‘God’?] In theory, it’s a sacrilege. You can’t say it and I don’t believe it. I think people say ‘he is God’ just as they say ‘I adore you’. You have to adore only God. It’s expressions that people use. This is a god with the ball on the pitch. It’s a popular way that people have of expressing themselves. Of course, it is a joy [to watch Messi play]. But he is not God