Footballer Lionel Messi receives a shirt autographed by Pope Francis

On Sunday, the famous Argentine footballer, Lionel Messi, was presented with a jersey from the Vatican sports association autographed by Pope Francis.

Lionel Messi received the first official Vatican shirt signed by Pope Francis on Sunday. It was given to him by Mgr Emmanuel Gobilliard, Auxiliary Bishop of Lyon and delegate for the Holy See of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

In a post on his twitter account, the prelate claims to have, on this occasion, prayed with the PSG striker, whom he describes as a "man of faith". He adds that the player told him "how important this step was for him".

In one press release published on Facebook, the Vatican's sports association, Athletica Vaticana, indicates that "the exchange of jerseys" between the Pope and the PSG striker is "now" over.

Indeed, on October 18, the head of the French government, Jean Castex, on an official visit to the Vatican, had offered the pontiff a signed jersey of Lionel Messi.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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