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Pope Francis receives signed jersey from Messi

Last Updated: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 13:08

Vatican City: 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 on 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

First Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 13:08

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