Meanwhile, San Lorenzo club officials say they want to travel to meet the pope and dedicate the victory to Francis. "We are organizing an audience with Francis," said the club's vice-president Marcelo Tinelli. Sunday's win was San Lorenzo's 12th league title in the professional era and first since the 2007. Unlike European leagues, the Argentine season is split between two championships - the Inicial (former Apertura) played in the second half of the year, starting in August, and the Final (ex-Clausura) in the first half of the following year.
Francis, an avid soccer fan, has not only remained loyal to his club, but is faithful in his membership dues payments, paying "religiously", Tinelli said earlier this year. Some fans have said it is no coincidence that the team's form has been strong since Francis was elected to the helm of the Catholic Church in March.