Diego Maradona urges Pope Francis to transform Vatican

Former soccer star Diego Maradona has urged Pope Francis to transform the Vatican from “a lie” into an institution that gives more to the people.

In an interview shown on an Italian television station, Dubai-based Maradona urged his fellow Argentine move ahead with reforms.

“The Vatican, for me, is a lie because instead of giving to people it takes away,” Maradona said.

“All popes have done this and I don’t want him to do it,” he added.

“I am disappointed with the Vatican, but I believe in you because you are making changes and pointing us towards more human things, things that I would like to see in the Church,” he said of his compatriot.

Maradona was known for his great football skills, but also for the infamous “Hand of God” goal in a World Cup quarter final match against England in Mexico in 1986.

Maradona seemed to handle the ball into the net, but the goal was awarded as officials thought the ball had come off his head.

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