Pope Francis is distressed by the death of the argentinian soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona. Bergoglio is paying tribute to his fellow countryman in the best way he can: praying for his soul.
A Vatican spokesperson says when Pope Francis learned of the soccer star’s death, he reflected “fondly to the times they met in these years and remembers him in prayer.” The spokesperson also noted Pope Francis had been praying for Maradona recently after learning of his medical issues. Additionally, the President of Argentina has reportedly declared 3 days of mourning for Maradona.
The sports world is reacting to the news. Brazialian soccer legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé is paying tribute to his rival and friend.
“What sad news. I lost a great friend and the world lost a legend. There is still much to be said, but for now, may God give strength to family members. One day, I hope we can play ball together in the sky.”
Maradona, widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, — has died at 60. He was still recovering after emergency brain surgery earlier this month, reportedly suffered a heart attack at his argentinian home Wednesday morning and was not able to pull through.