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Faith and the 2018 World Cup: little-known Christian details about soccer (football!) stars

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Cerith Gardiner - published on 06/13/18

Soccer (football!) is like a religion for many, but these athletes will indeed rely on their faith in their search for glory.

With the World Cup 2018 kicking off June 14, we can reveal our dream soccer team — with a few substitutes, just in case! — who’ll be taking to the pitch to put their nation on the path to soccer glory. Besides their talent on the field, what really makes these men stand out is their faith, and their desire to share it for the whole world to see. Whether it’s through public declarations, partaking in pilgrimages, or being actively involved in Catholic charities, these players know who is the real source of their inspiration.

Click on Launch the Slideshow below to see these talented men and the active role religion has in their lives. And even if Italy didn’t make it to this World Cup, we’re giving a special mention to their remarkable goalie Gianluigi Buffon, for his participation in five consecutive World Cups!


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