The Pontiff’s thought: “The greatest value is not winning or not winning, it is playing fair, playing well”
“Everyone sends best wishes to the winners. May they live it with humility. And to those who don’t win, live it with joy because the greatest value is not winning or not winning, it is playing clean, playing well. Both have the courage to shake hands”. The Pope says so, a few hours before the final of the Qatar 2022 World Cup between ‘his’ Argentina and France, in an interview with Fabio Marchese Ragona – broadcast on Canale 5 tonight at 8.35 pm – an excerpt of which was broadcast at 1 pm .
“When I see the end of a game where they don’t shake hands… We – I’m talking about the year ’46 – went to the stadium every Sunday even with mum, dad, all together. And there the ugliest word he heard to the referee he was ‘sold’, but then the game ended and they shook hands. That sporting savoir-faire, right? Sport makes you more noble, it makes you noble even if done with a ball of rags. We have to do grow the sporting spirit and I hope that this world championship will help to regain the sporting spirit, which makes you noble”, the Pope wished.