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Mario Balotelli, Other Soccer Stars Meet Pope Francis For ‘Papal’ Advice (PHOTOS)

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All smiles: Balotelli and the Pope share a joke
Two big-name Argentines have had a VIP meeting at the Vatican – Pope Francis and Barcelona star Lionel Messi. 
Ahead
of the just-concluded Argentina’s friendly against Italy in Rome on Wednesday night,
players from both sides enjoyed a private audience with the first

Latin
American-born pontiff in the Apostolic Palace.

 Friendly rivalry: Italy take on Argentina on Wednesday night
Maverick Azzurri striker Mario
Balotelli – who has withdrawn from the friendly with a knee injury – was
present as Francis told the players to remember they are role models on
and off the field ‘for better or worse.’ 

It remains to be seen whether the former Manchester City man will heed that advice.
Francis
also asked for the players’ prayers for himself ‘on the playing field
God put me on’ and lamented that sport has become big business.

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Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis is a communicator, Journalist, blogger, business coach and, of course, a prolific writer. He has Dip (Journalism) and B.A. (History & International Relations) from the Lagos State University (LASU). The self-effacing young man has worked for national, regional and local newspapers. He had worked with THISDAY covered community news for ISLAND NEWS and corresponded with P.M. NEWS (evening tabloid). Presently, he is the editor of CITYPULSE MEDIA and senior correspondent of PHARMANEWS, West Africa foremost health and pharmaceutical journal.

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