On September 19, Jean Castex was invited to the Parc des Princes to attend the meeting between PSG and Lyon (2-1). The opportunity for the club of the capital to offer the Prime Minister a jersey flocked to his name with the number 30 of Lionel Messi. But also for Jean Castex to meet and pose for a photo with Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and the Argentinian superstar.
A month later, the Prime Minister goes on Monday on an official visit to Rome (Italy), where he will be received by Pope Francis at the Vatican. And, as announced by BFM TV, the native of the Gers will not travel empty-handed. In addition to the first edition of the Notre-Dame de Paris book by Victor Hugo, Jean Castex will bring a PSG jersey signed by Lionel Messi in person to offer it to Pope Francis.
Argentinian like the six-fold Golden Ball, François (Jorge Mario Bergoglio by his real name) has always admired Messi. In 2019, during an interview with Spanish television, the Sovereign Pontiff launched: “Messi is a god with the ball”. “In theory, it’s a sacrilege, tempered Pope Francis. You can’t say it, but I don’t think so (let it be sacrilege) (…) These are expressions of the people. He’s a god with the ball on the field. These are popular ways of expressing yourself. It’s nice to see how he plays. But it is not God ”. In April 2013, Messi was received at the Vatican by Pope Francis, to whom he had already presented an Argentina jersey.