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Argentinian-born football fan Pope Francis MISSED their World Cup final victory

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Argentinian-born football fan Pope Francis MISSED their World Cup final victory…because he vowed never to watch TV again in 1990 – a week after they lost to Germany at Italia ‘90

  • Argentina beat France on penalties in a nail-biting World Cup Final on Sunday
  • But Pope Francis will not have been watching as he gave up TV in July 1990 
  • The Argentinian Bishop of Rome gave up TV screens a week after Germany loss

When Argentina beat France in the World Cup final on Sunday it is almost certain one very famous Argentinian was not watching. 

Pope Francis has not watched television since July 15, 1990, he said in an interview published in Argentinian newspaper La Voz del Pueblo. 

He has said it is because of a personal promise he made to God but has not revealed the last programme he watched or why he chooses not to. 

It is unlikely that the Pope broke his 32 year promise for Sunday’s match, despite his Argentinian heritage. 

Pope Francis has not watched television for more than 30 years. He stopped watching on July 15, 1990, just a week after Argentina lost to West Germany in the 1990 World Cup Final

Lionel Messi and his Argentina team stormed past France on penalties on Sunday afternoon to take home Argentina's third World Cup trophy

Lionel Messi and his Argentina team stormed past France on penalties on Sunday afternoon to take home Argentina’s third World Cup trophy

Despite his pledge not to watch television, Pope Francis has fewer qualms about appearing on TV and made his first talkshow appearance earlier this year. 

He featured on Italy’s most popular prime-time talk show, Che Tempo Che Fa and once more confirmed that he does not personally watch TV. 

Pope Francis spoke to the program remotely from the Vatican.  

The popular show – which translates to What The Weather Is Like – often hosts politicians and celebrities. Recent guests include Barack Obama and Lady Gaga. 

‘Yes, I don’t watch television. This is not because I condemn it, but it is a decision I made for the Lord when He asked me’, the Pope explained. 

The Argentina captain turned down a chance to go to the presidential palace and instead chose to celebrate with fans throughout Buenos Aires

The Argentina captain turned down a chance to go to the presidential palace and instead chose to celebrate with fans throughout Buenos Aires

Celebrations across Argentina have continued for days after their win against France at the weekend. 

Buenos Aires is slowly recovering from the madness that ensued after 4 million raucous fans jammed the streets of the city to cheer on Lionel Messi and the rest of Argentina’s World Cup-winning team on Tuesday.

At least 14 revellers were arrested and 64 people injured, including 21 cops and firefighters, following fights between supporters of the national soccer team and police after sundown.

Clashes slowly developed around 8.30pm after most of the fans had departed the area surrounding the Obelisk, where thousands had gathered earlier in the morning to welcome Lionel Messi and company.

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