PRIME Minister Rajoy tried to win Pope Francis’ heart through the beautiful game when the pair met last week.
Rajoy, along with his wife Elvira Balboa, presented Francis with a Spain shirt signed by all the players during a meeting at the Apostolic Palace.
Perhaps feeling the strain of his job back home, Rajoy told the pope when parting ways: “This has made me extremely happy, we were in need of it.”
Francis, who has been pope since March 13, is a lifelong fan of Argentinian team San Lorenzo and even became a member of the official supporters club in 2008.
Italy’s national side have now invited Argentina to play a friendly this summer with the hope that the footy-mad pope may be in the stands.
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