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The head of the Catholic Church, who is a huge football fan, made the jest ahead of his beloved Argentina's World Cup clash

Pope Francis has light-heartedly promised his Swiss Guards "war" ahead of Argentina's World Cup clash with Switzerland on Tuesday.

The head of the Catholic Church is known to be a massive football fan and is set to watch his beloved South American nation, led by skipper Lionel Messi, attempt to reach the last eight where they will clash with Belgium or USA.

The 77-year-old, who has been Pope for a little over a year now, is guarded in Vatican City by troops who hail from Switzerland and the rivalry was stoked ahead of the last-16 clash kick-off.

"Tonight, it will be war between us," Pope Francis jested to his guards according to I.Media.

The official Vatican Twitter account also sent out a comical cartoon ahead of the game satirising the Argentina-Swiss match.
The Swiss Guards officially invited Pope Francis, whose full name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, to watch Argentina versus Switzerland in the barracks but - despite being honoured by the offer - he politely declined.

Alejandro Sabella's men won all three group games to reach the last 16 and will be hoping to put a smile on the Pope's face and disappoint his Swiss Guards with a fourth World Cup win in a row.