Lionel Messi great to watch, but he’s not God: Pope Francis

first_img Reuters BarcelonaApril 1, 2019UPDATED: April 1, 2019 19:18 IST Pope Francis said Lionel Messi must not be called God (Reuters Photo)For Barcelona fans, Lionel Messi is ‘D10S’, a combination of the Spanish word for “God” – “dios” – with the No 10 on his shirt. But Pope Francis begs to differ.Interviewed by Spanish TV channel La Sexta on Sunday, the pope praised his Argentine compatriot Messi, but said he must not be called God.”In theory, it is sacrilege,” explained the leader of the Catholic Church. “You can’t do it.”People could call him God, just as they might say ‘I adore you’, but only God can be worshipped.”(Saying) ‘He’s a god with the ball on the pitch’ is a popular way to express yourself. He’s great to watch – but he’s not God.”Pope Francis is known to be a football fan, and he is also a club member of Buenos Aires side San Lorenzo.Two goals from Messi gave Barcelona victory in the Catalan derby over Espanyol on Sunday, taking the Liga leaders another step closer to the title.Also Read | I miss Cristiano Ronaldo in Spain, he gave La Liga prestige: Lionel MessiFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Lionel MessiFollow GodFollow PopeFollow Pope FrancisFollow Argentina Next Lionel Messi great to watch, but he’s not God: Pope FrancisPope Francis said that football fans should not call Lionel Messi as God because it is sacrilege adding that only God can be worshipedadvertisementlast_img

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