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Juventus striker Carlos Tevez will meet Pope Francis tomorrow at the Vatican and plans to add to the Pontiff's football shirt collection.

Juventus marksman Carlos Tevez will be received by compatriot Pope Francis tomorrow morning and intends to give him a gift.

Tevez grew up in Buenos Aires, as did Pope Francis and the two men are expected to discuss the difficulties faced by people in the poorer areas of the city and in particular Fuerte Apache.

Fuerte Apache, or Barrio Ejercito de los Andes, is where Tevez grew up and he often celebrates goals by lifting his shirt to reveal an undershirt reading 'Fuerte Apache', hence his nickname The Apache.

"I admire the Pope greatly," Tevez said of his visit to the Vatican. "Tomorrow I will be taking him a Juventus shirt."

It won't be the first time the Pope has received the gift of a football shirt. He was given a Sunderland shirt by the club's chaplain Father Marc Lyden-Smith ahead of the derby with Newcastle, which the Black Cats won.

Chievo club President Luca Campedelli also presented the Pope with a Flying Donkeys shirt ahead of their game against Roma. They lost that match 1-0 but have been on much better form since.

When he scored against Chievo in September, Tevez unveiled the slogan 'Ciudad Oculta' on his vest, referring to one of Buenos Aires' poorest slums and an area that Pope Francis regularly spoke of during his time in Argentina.

Tevez has enjoyed a successful start to life in Serie A and his Juventus side won handsomely against Scudetto rivals Napoli yesterday.

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