Also in soccer news: Lionel Messi’s Argentina will face Mario Balotelli’s Italy next month in an exhibition game dedicated to Pope Francis. The Italian federation announced the match would be held on 14th August at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. The federation added that both squads would have audiences with the pope at the Vatican. Pope Francis, a soccer fan is from Argentina.
- Argentina, Italy to meet in friendly for Pope Francis (cbc.ca)
- Italy finally get “dream” match with Argentina to honor Pope Francis (glofootball.org)
- Lionel Messi vs. Mario Balotelli in exhibition for Pope Francis (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)