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Barcelona star Lionel Messi wants to meet Pope Francis, a fellow Argentine and football fan

In this photo provided by the Vatican paper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis meets U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his sister, Valerie Biden Owens, after his installation Mass at the Vatican on Tuesday, March 19, 2013. Pope Francis has urged princes, presidents, sheikhs and thousands of ordinary people gathered for his installation Mass to protect God's creation, the weakest and the poorest of the world. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
March 21, 2013 - 8:47 AM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Lionel Messi feels "proud" that Pope Francis is a fellow Argentine and wants to meet the new head of the Roman Catholic church.

Messi spoke Thursday for the first time publicly on Pope Francis after training with the rest of the Argentina squad for Friday's World Cup qualifier against Venezuela in Buenos Aires.

Pope Francis is a former archbishop of Buenos Aires and life-long supporter of football club San Lorenzo, which is based in the Argentine capital. Messi grew up as a fan of Newell's Old Boys, a team located in the city of Rosario.

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