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Pope Francis has named Lionel Messi as the best player to ever grace the football scene;ahead of Diego Maradona and Pele.

The Pope,who is a huge football fan and a supporter of Argentinian Club San Lorenzo,backed his country man who recently announced retirement from international football.

“For me, [Lionel] Messi is better than Maradona and Pele,”said the Pontiff when asked to choose the better player between Maradona and Pele.

He was speaking to a group of young men and women who were participating in the World Youth Day celebrations in Krakow,Poland.