“You Are Committing Blasphemy If You Call Messi A God.” — Pope Francis Declares In A Statement.
Pope Francis has come out to say that it is sacrilege for the people to call Barcelona's skillful striker Lionel Messi 'God'.
The pontiff was addressing the host Jordi Evole on the 'Salvados' programme broadcast on the Spanish TV channel La Sexta when the Pope was asked about people referring to Messi as 'God'.
Evole asked the Pope: 'Is it sacrilege to say that Messi is God?'
And Pope Francis replied: 'In theory it is sacrilege, you cannot say it, I don't believe. Do you believe you can?'
When Evole replied that he thought it was fine to say that, the pontiff, a native of Argentina like Messi, responded with a laugh and said: 'I don't.
'People say "God" like they say "I adore you". Adoring is only for God, they are expressions people use. "He is a god with a ball on the pitch", they are popular ways of expressing oneself.'
'But look how he plays, eh?' Evole responded.
The pope replied: 'Of course, he brings happiness, but he isn't God.'