Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother gifts Pope a football shirt months after Lionel Messi did the same
Cristiano Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores Aveiro, presented the Pope with a shirt of her son after a visit to Vatican City.
The Manchester United star’s mother met the head of the Catholic Church on Wednesday morning.
She had traveled for the Pope’s General Audience, which is a weekly occasion when His Holiness greets members of the public to offer his advice.
And when they met, Dolores presented Pope Francis with a shirt of her son’s Ronaldo, while speaking out on social media.
In a post, she said she was ‘ready to receive the Pope’s blessing’ while a photo of the two was captioned: ‘A very unique emotion, thank you’.
The Pope was beaming to receive the Portugal kit while Ronaldo’s mother seemed equally happy to be involved in such a moment.
But it’s not the first time the 85-year-old has been gifted a football shirt – with another player potentially closer to his heart.
Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Flores, Buenos Aires, the pope also received Lionel Messi’s top – a national icon in Argentina.
And the Paris Saint-Germain star’s holy compatriot has admitted he’s a huge fan of the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, insisting the 34-year-old is better than Pele and Diego Maradona.
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He also admitted that he had never been around to watch Messi play, but had met him twice.
In 2016, he said: “For me, [Lionel] Messi is better than Maradona and Pele. Sure, he’s very good, but he’s not God.”
Pope Benedict is an avowed fan of Argentina side San Lorenzo, who currently employ former Chelsea ace Franco di Santo and former AC Milan defender Cristian Zapata.
During his poor childhood, the pontiff admitted that he had to play with a ball made of rags and that he preferred to be in goal rather than in the outfield.