Barcelona have 100% record of winning 4-0 during Papal Conclaves

Posted by Chris Wright

Power to the PapalGettyImagesPower to the Papal

A hearty doff of the cap is due to Alexis "Mr Chips" Martin-Tamayo, statistician extraordinaire for ESPN Desportes, without whom we wouldn't be able to bring you the best stat from Tuesday night's Champions League action - indeed, it's on the shortlist for the best football stat of all time.

According to the man they call Mr Chips, by routing AC Milan at the Camp Nou, Barcelona have upheld their curious run of winning 4-0 everytime they've played a game during a Papal Conclave, i.e, the "Pope Idol" talent contest going on at the Vatican City at the moment.

Mr Chips' Tweet read as follows: "Three Barca official matches [during] a Papal Conclave: 4-0 vs Madrid (26.10.58), 4-0 vs Las Palmas (10/14/78), 4-0 vs Milan (12/03/13)"

Spooky.

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