Argentinian legend Diego Maradona has an audience in Rome with Pope Francis along with a whole host of stars from yesteryear including Roberto Baggio before a charity match.
While the superstar’s antics from guzzling industrial quantities of cocaine and a tendency to stray offside (on and off the pitch) would not be consistent with the church’s teachings, the Vatican boss is an Argentinian as well and therefore is likely to take a more sympathetic line on the great man’s failings.
His holiness is known to be a life long supporter of Argentine outfit San Lorenzo de Almagro, and the Argentinan national team so would probably go along with the Hand of God explanation for Argentina’s controversial opener against England in the 1986 World Cup quarter final.
The two had a cordial 15 minute meeting, and the Pope was presented with the famous blue stripped Argentinian jersey. The highlight was the footballing legend was his usual passionate self, telling the Pope that he loves him.