What does the election of a new pope mean for this Everton cult hero?

Everton fans grew fond of the durable centre forward Denis Stracqualursi during his time at Goodison and he now finds himself playing for the favourite team of Francis I ... will it help his quest for goals?

We have a new pope in Argentine Jorge Maria Bergoglio who will hitherto be known as Francis I. The 76-year-old was voted in after the second day of elections at St Peters Square and stepped out to address the Vatican yesterday evening.

But as football fans we all want to know one thing…who does he support?

Well as an Argentine a passion for football is almost natural to him and being from the football hub that is Buenos Aires he certainly has a plethora of teams to choose from to give his blessing.

However his nearest club and beloved team are indeed San Lorenzo.

Yes while the ‘hand of god’ may have spawned from an Argentinos Juniors graduate in Diego Maradona it looks as if the team commonly called The Saints will be the only team benefiting from holy intervention from now on.

The club has had several famous players in the past. The likes of PSG forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, legendary Colombian defender Ivan Cordoba and cult hero Paraguayan goalkeeper Jose Luis Chilavert all plied their trade in the Boedo neighbourhood of the Argentine capital.

Even current Premier League star Pablo Zabaleta started his career at the club as a defensive midfielder.

But one ex-Premier League player can be hoping for a little bit of direct influence from the heavens in his hunt for goals …. former Everton striker Denis Stracqualursi.

The bullish front-man became a firm fan-favourite of the Goodison faithful during his loan spell at the club last season with his tireless attitude and hardworking demeanour.

Despite this his goalscoring return and work permit issues were too big an issue for Everton to gamble on and he was allowed to leave when his loan finished; still a cult hero in Evertonian’s eyes.

He joined San Lorenzo on a free transfer from his parent club Tigre where he had been banging in the goals previously.

So far he has just eight goals in 23 appearances for the side and the 25-year-old may be hoping for a spark of heavenly inspiration to help him find the net again.

What are your memories of Denis Stracqualursi?

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