The Catholic Pope is certainly one of the most respected religious leaders in the entire universe. This is because his office gives him leadership over the entire Catholic Church. The holiness of the Pope means that so many people dream of having the opportunity to meet with him personally. Footballers are not exempted from this general rule. This is because there are so many football stars who have met with the Pope over the past years.
1. Lionel Messi
The PSG star has established himself as one of the greatest football players to ever walk on earth. He has been compared to legends such as Pele and Maradona. Some people are also of the opinion that Lionel Messi is the best football player in the world right now. The former Barcelona star has met personally with Pope Francis.
He is one of the most controversial players in European football. However, the former Man City striker has played for some top clubs around the European continent. He has also met Pope Francis during his professional football career.
3. Miroslav Klose
He is one of the greatest strikers in the history of the FIFA World Cup. The former German international represented some top clubs in Europe. He also met Pope Benedict before he retired from professional football.
4. Gianluigi Buffon
The Italian goalkeeper has won so many accolades since he began his professional football career some years ago. Some people think of him as the greatest goalkeeper in the history of football. The former Juventus star met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in 2013.
5. Javier Zanetti
The former Inter Milan star is from the same country as Pope Francis. This is because Pope Francis is from Argentina. Francis met with Javier Zanetti during the first year of his reign as the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
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