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Lionel Messi, Argentina

The forward says he will go on a 30-mile religious pilgrimage to San Nicolas, in his native Argentina, to celebrate a World Cup win (after running about 50 miles in 7 games), and has a large tattoo of Jesus on his right bicep.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal

The multiple Ballon d'Or winner prays before matches, collects rosaries sent by fans, and unlike many players, doesn't get tattoos as he's a frequent blood donor.

James Rodriguez, Colombia The attacking midfielder has a tattoo of Jesus on his shin, and is quick to share on social media that his success is all down to God.
Edinson Cavani, Uraguay

In an interview, the striker referred to himself as "an athlete for Christ," saying: "I play for Him, to give Him glory, to thank Him for giving me the ability to play football."

Radamel Falcao, Colombia The very devout striker studies the Bible and prays before each game, and also tries to get his teammates involved, too. On scoring, he lifts his jersey to reveal a t-shirt saying: "With Jesus you'll never be alone."
Manuel Neuer, Germany

The outstanding goalie supports a Catholic group that helps combat child poverty and a youth group led by Amigonian friars, a branch of the Capuchins.

Vedran Corluka, Croatia

Fleeing his native Bosnia during the war, the center back returned to help fund and rebuild his village church. He also wears a wristband with Catholic icons.

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