Holy Father and the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has urged football fans to desist from comparing his Argentine compatriot, Lionel Messi, to God due to his unbelievable football talent.
The Pope said this while being interviewed by renowned journalist, Jordi Evole, in La Sexta.
See the translated 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.
The Kenyan DAILY POST