Delegations from Juventus, Milan, CONI, FIGC and Lega Serie A this morning enjoyed a special private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican in Rome.
Addressing his guests, Pope Francis said: “You’re champions of sport, but above all champions in life. Your presence offers me the opportunity to express my appreciation of the professional qualities and wonderful traditions that distinguish your clubs and the world of football in general.
“Many supporters, especially youngsters, are keen followers of yours. You attract the attention of these people, who admire you, and therefore you’re required to behave in a way that demonstrates the human qualities of athletes acting as testimonials of the authentic values of sport.”