Bayern Munich players met Wednesday with Pope Francis, a day after their 7-1 win over Roma in a Champions League contest. The Pope congratulated the players on their strong play and accepted a jersey and ball from the German club.
In addition to the autographed paraphernalia, the pontiff also accepted a pledge from team CEO Karl Heinz Rummenigge to donate €1 million ($1.266 million) from a future club friendly to be used for charitable missions.
During the meeting, the Pope told Rummenigge that he was in attendance to watch him play at the 1986 World Cup, according to The Associated Press. That was the tournament in which the West Germany team was defeated in the final by the Pope's homeland of Argentina.
- Brendan Maloy