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England captain Wayne Rooney in a match against Estonia last month (PA)

England captain visited Our Lady and St Swithin’s Catholic Primary School in Liverpool

After beating Roma 7-1 in a Champions League match, players from Bayern Munich visited Pope Francis at the Vatican

Justin Bieber (PA)

Pop star reportedly reprimanded for kicking football in Vatican building

Pope Francis receiving the Copa Libertadores trophy from players and officials from San Lorenzo (CNS)

Argentine football club has enjoyed a revival in its fortunes since the pontiff’s election

Maradona met the Pope at last night's game (AP)

‘After being far from the Church, I am proud of returning to it after God took my mother,’ footballer says

Javier Zanetti presenting Pope Francis with an Inter Milan shirt last year (CNS)

Inter-religious Match for Peace expected to feautre Roberto Baggio, Zinedine Zidane and Lionel Messi

Pope Francis with Gianluigi Buffon and Lionel Messi (CNS)

Lionel Messi to play for the Pope

Andrea Pirlo, Javier Zanetti and Gianluigi Buffon will also play in ‘inter-religious match for peace’

The Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, where the World Cup final will be played

Bishops also criticise organisers for removing communities to build stadiums

Christ the Redeemer statue  in Rio de Janeiro (CNS)

Christ the Redeemer statue shown in an Italian football shirt in advert on Rai

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and Atletico's Arda Turan doing battle earlier this season (PA)

In 1907 the seminarians of the Royal English College at Valladolid thrashed the mighty Real Madrid