Bayern Munich's visit to Vatican City became a series of faux pas

Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Hey, Dante: If you’ve been called to Vatican City to meet God’s representative on Earth, chances are the invitation doesn’t say “Dress code: smart casual.”

Maybe the defender feels that sharing a name with Italy’s greatest poet and the author of the Divine Comedy cuts him some slack in St Peter’s Basilica. Maybe it was Dress Down Wednesday in the Apostolic Palace. Still, notice how all the rest of your teammates are wearing ties?

And you, Xabi Alonso! Get your hands out of your pockets! You’re standing right behind His Holiness, not waiting for a friggin’ bus. As for you, Pep Guardiola: No talking during the official photograph! We expected better from you.

Pope Francis was lucky enough to be granted an audience with the reigning German champions the day after they edged their Champions League match against local favorites AS Roma, 7-1.

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Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer presented the pontiff with a signed Bayern shirt, which he’ll doubtless hang on the wall of the Sistine Chapel.

Francis is a big soccer fan. He recorded a video message on the eve of this year’s World Cup calling for Leo Messi to finally replicate his club form in an Argentina jersey. Well, OK, for the sport to promote “dialogue, understanding and reciprocal human enrichment.”

The Pope is a fan of his hometown club, San Lorenzo in Buenos Aires. Its nickname? The Saints.

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