Mario Balotelli and Alessio Cerci  during an Italy training session at Coverciano on in Florence. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty Images

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Former soccer star Diego Maradona (L) presents Pope Francis with an Argentina national soccer jersey during a special audience held in the Vatican before a special interreligious “Match for Peace” tonight. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

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Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini leave the pitch after losing to Uruguay in Natal. Photograph:   EPA/

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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli (right) speaks to his players during a training session in Coverciano, Florence, Italy. Photograph: Maurizio Degl’Innocenti / EPA

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Pope Francis accepts a gift from Argentina soccer legend Lionel Messi (right) and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during a private audience at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis receives a gift from Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi (left) and Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (obscured) during a private audience at the Vatican. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Today was the day when the two most famous Argentines in the world came head to head, united by their common passion for football. Argentina and Barce(...)