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Messi is the best ever footballer - Pope Francis

By Jeffrey Owusu-Mensah
Lionel Messi and Pope Francis

Pope Francis has had his say on who is the best footballer in the history of the game.


Barcelona and Argentina's all-time leading goalscorer, Lionel Messi, has constantly been compared to past greats Pele and Diego Maradona, while also going head-to-head with current Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo.

But according to the Pontiff, an Argentinean who supports San Lorenzo, there is no doubt Messi is the best.

"For me, [Lionel] Messi is better than Maradona and Pele," Pope Francis was quoted as telling young men and women participating in World Youth Day.