- Pope Francis cut a smiley face as he received a signed PSG shirt gifted to him by Lionel Messi
- The shirt was delivered by French Prime Minister Jean Castex during his recent visit to the Vatican
- Pope Francis is known to be a huge fan of Messi's work and has previously spoken highly of the PSG ace
Lionel Messi has warmed Pope Francis's heart after gifting him a signed Paris Saint-Germain shirt.
The shirt was delivered to the Pope by French Prime Minister Jean Castex during his visit to Vatican City.
SunSport reports Castex visited the Vatican to commemorate 100 years of diplomatic ties between the Holy See and France.
And the French official did not go empty-handed as he delivered a signed PSG shirt to the Pope from gifted by Messi.
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Photos of the presentation of the shirt showed Pope Francis all smiles as he gladly received the special gift.
The Pope is understood to be a big football fan and supported Buenos Aires-based club Lorenzo as a young man.
He is equally believed to be a huge admirer of Messi's work having previously spoken highly of the former Barcelona star.
At the time, Pope Francis claimed the Barcelona icon is better than Argentina legend Diego Maradona and Brazil icon Pele.
"For me, [Lionel] Messi is better than Maradona and Pele," he said in 2016.
The two have met on two occasions, with one of their meetings happening in 2013.
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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Argentine star Lionel Messi has been told he does not deserve to win this year’s Ballon d’Or due to the red card he received in the Spanish club final back in January.
Former Chelsea star Frank Lebouef has compared the situation of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner with that of Zinedine Zidane.
Lebouef disclosed that Zidane was overlooked in 2000 and 2006 due to the red cards he received in those respective years as other players took the coveted prize.
Messi has been named among favourites for the prestigious award this year after scoring a staggering 38 goals in 47 appearances for Barcelona last season.
The 34-year-old also captained Argentina to the long-awaited Copa America glory and went ahead to win the competition’s Golden Ball and Golden Boot.