Basketball legend Dennis Rodman has already tried to calm international tensions by becoming best buddies with Kim Jong Un in North Korea, and now he’s taking on the Vatican. Rodders is in the Eternal City to support Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana who is bidding to become the first black Pope.
The self-styled ‘bad boy’ of basketball is spreading God’s word in the Vatican City and the global icon could be the man to restore the image of the Catholic Church.
A five-time NBA Champion, a professional wrestler, a film-star, a reality television contestant and now a leading world diplomat. Is there anything Dennis Rodman cannot do?
— Dennis Rodman (@dennisrodman) March 12, 2013
Cardinal Turkson is 3/1 to be elected the new Pope behind the 11/4 favourite Archbishop Angelo Scola from Italy. Cardinal Odilo Scherer has seen plenty of support in the market and his odds have been slashed from 20/1 to 5/1.
Since Benedict XVI gave up being Pope for Lent, Papal prognosticators have punted over £500,000 speculating on who will fill his hat. The figure is set to rocket as the Conclave kicks off with ‘Pope betting’ firmly on track to become the biggest non-sporting market in Paddy Power’s history.
Will Rodman’s support be enough to propel Cardinal Peter Turkson to the peak of Catholicism? Only time will tell. It is well worth keeping your eyes on the Eternal City to see what Rodders gets up too.