Manchester United Lisandro Martinez reacts to his jersey being presented to the Pope
Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez took to social media to express his pride as the Mayor of Greater Manchester presented Pope Francis with a signed Lisandro Martinez Manchester United shirt.
When Andy Burnham – the Mayor of Greater Manchester visited the pope earlier this week, he gave the ‘man of the cloth’ a signed Martinez jersey. The gift was handed to the pontiff during the Mayor’s visit to the Vatican as a part of a delegation who were given a private audience with Pope Francis to discuss climate change.
Martinez, who won the World Cup back in December, hails from Argentina like Pope Francis. The Argentinian & Manchester United centre-back was understandably proud of the exchange. He took to Twitter to speak about his joy, while also thanking Mayor Burnham and United for the gesture.
He wrote: “Thank you to @ManUtd and @AndyBurnhamGM for presenting my shirt to His Holiness Pope Francis, for whom I have great respect and feel huge pride as an Argentinian”.