Ronaldinho, Bojan with audacious plays in Pope Francis’ “United For Peace” match (video)


There are back passes, and then there are back passes.

Ronaldinho pulled off the latter, completing a pass using his back, in Pope Francis’ star-studded charity game (see above).

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The “United For Peace” game not only had the Brazilian star, but also Diego Maradona, Francesco Totti, and Antonio Di Nitale as an attacking trio on one side, the White Team.

Edgar Davids and Hernan Crespo were among the stars on the Blue Team, which lost 4-3 but got a terrific goal from Stoke City’s Bojan Krkic.

Played in Rome, Pope Francis aimed to use the event to show some unity between religions and cultures.

From the Daily Mail:

“A sports event is a highly symbolic act that helps show it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace in which believers of diverse religions conserve their own identity while living in mutual respect.”

Bojan, for his part, was pretty excited to meet the Pope and play with such heroes, telling the Stoke Sentinel it was “one of his happiest days”.