Catholic head, Pope Francis, has cautioned people from comparing the Argentine star, Lionel Messi, to God due to his special football abilities.
The statement was made during an interview with Jordi Evole in La Sexta.
See video and details of the conversation below;
Jordi Evole: You know when both. Is it sacrilege to say the Messi is God?
Pope Francis: In theory, it is sacrilege. You can’t say it and I don’t believe it. Do you believe it?
Jordi Evole: I do.
Pope Francis: I don’t [laughs]. People can say he is God, just as they may say ‘I adore you’ but only God can be worshipped. Those are expressions from people. ‘This is a God with the ball on the field’ is a popular way for someone to express themselves.
Jordi Evole: But he plays well doesn’t he?
Pope Francis: Of course, he is very good, but he isn’t God.
— Salvados (@salvadostv) March 31, 2019