Lionel Messi, super-fan Jorge Bergoglio, and Diego Maradona.
With Brazil getting blown out by Germany 7 to 1 in the semifinals one has to wonder if Francis was praying for the Brazilian squad to make it to the championship match. See everything Francis prays for goes horribly wrong! Cases in point, Venezuela, Columbia, Iraq, Ukraine, the Palestinian Territories, just go to the Vatican website and check out the prayer intentions for the week & month. More often than not disaster strikes! Below are two videos of Francis receiving his favorite gifts, football jerseys. The Vatican museums are going to have to open a new wing to house all the swag he has been receiving from professional football players.
Photo taken inside Vatican showing Francis' shrine to football.
Germany vs. Argentina
Benedict XVI vs. Francis
Will the Vatican be divided for the World Cup Final?
Jerseys from Argentina, Brazil, San Lorenzo and more!
Francis receives a Columbia jersey
Showing where his allegiance lies.
Argentinian fans attribute the header going off the post in the Switzerland v. Argentina game to super-fan Francis!
(Pictures from Twitter)
Argentina's fans credit the tough defense of the football squad to Francis in victory against Netherlands.
If that wasn't enough, on twitter the hashtag D10S has been reserved for photos of Lionel Messi. Get it Messi's number is 10 and add the D & S which gives you dios, Spanish for God.