Who is the soccer messiah according to Pope Francis? Cristiano Ronaldo? Lionel Messi? Diego Maradona? Pelé?
Pope Francis has just rated Lionel Messi as the best soccer player player of all time. Simply the best. Recently in Krakow, Poland, for a World Youth Day gathering, Pope Francis was asked whether Pele or Diego Maradona were the better player. The Pope then replied, per Spanish daily Sport: "For me, Messi."
Pope Francis’ judgment may be biased because of his nationality, considering he was born in Buenos Aires. Moreover, the current leader of the Catholic church is a fervent soccer fan.
The 79 years-old Church leader is also old enough to hold memory of Maradona and Pelé. Even then, according to Pope Francis’ point of view, Messi is still the number one.
As you may know, Pope Francis is a lifelong fan of San Lorenzo.