- The leader of the Catholic church Pope Francis came out in support of the Brazilian supporters who were left dejected after Brazil’s shock exit in Russia
- Brazil were defeated 2-1 by Belgium in the quarter-final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which eventually ended South American participation in the tournament
- Pope Francis, himself is an Argentinian but was aware enough to give a word of advice to the Brazilians at St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday
Pre-tournament favourites and almost everybody’s pick to reach the Final, Brazil were eliminated from 2018 FIFA World Cup last week at the hands of Belgium, who are now preparing to take on France in the Semi-Final at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.
The defeat suffered by the Brazilian did make their arch-rivals Argentina and their fans quite happy following their own early exit from the tournament. However, there was one Argentinian who against the norm came out in support of the dejected Brazilian fans, who were visibly distraught after the surprise defeat against Roberto Martinez’s men.
Pope Francis lending a supporting hand to all the Brazilian supporters
The leader of the Catholic church and all Christians around the world, Pope Francis spoke to the disappointed Brazilian fans in his Sunday prayer at the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. He said, “I see many Brazilian flags. I salute the Brazilians, be strong! There will be another opportunity. I wish you a good Sunday and please, do not forget to pray for me. Have a nice lunch and goodbye.”
Pope Francis, who himself is an Argentinian in his nationality, shocked a few of his own countrymen with his statement but it’s the least one expect from the man his stature and position. With no South American participation in the Semi-Final of 2018 FIFA World Cup, the tournament has been a huge disappointment for the continent as a whole.
For Pope Francis, the World Cup is an opportunity for solidarity and peace between nations
Pope Francis has never hidden his love for the beautiful game but it’s unclear whether he has been following the World Cup in Russia. Prior to the start of the tournament, he made a rallying cry to the world and wanted the tournament “to be an opportunity for dialogue between different religions and cultures and to encourage solidarity and peace between nations.”
With just 4 matches to go, 2018 FIFA World Cup is in its final stretch, with Belgium taking on France in one Semi-Final and England taking on Croatia in the 2nd Semi-Final. The winners of the two matches will meet in Moscow on 15th July.
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