Francis, 84, is said to be a huge football fan and reportedly supported Argentinian club San Lorenzo as a child.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex met with the Holy Father this weekend, visiting the Vatican to commemorate 100 years of diplomatic relations between France and the Holy See.
And he came with a very special gift from Messi.
Castex arrived with one of his compatriot’s PSG jerseys signed by the man himself, much to the Pope’s delight.
Messi joined the French club this summer after bidding his emotional farewell to Barcelona when his contract expired.
It was there that he cemented his legacy as one of the greatest players in football history, scoring 672 goals in 778 games.
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The Pope certainly notes it very well, declaring in 2016: “For me, Messi is better than Maradona and Pelé. “
However, when asked if Messi was divine in his own right, Francis said: “Of course he is very good, but he is not God. “
The Holy Father has also met Messi twice in the past.
Messi broke a new football record while on international duty with Argentina last week.
The 34-year-old entered the scoresheet in his country’s 3-0 win over Uruguay after his attempted pass slipped past the keeper and the back of the net.
By breaking the deadlock, he became the first South American player in history to score 80 international goals.
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“We played a great game. Everything went perfectly, ”he said after writing Argentina’s history.
“Uruguay is waiting for you and they generate danger. Once we scored the first goal, we started to find space and the goals appeared. “