Head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope Francis has labeled his Argentine compatriot, Lionel Messi as the best player, but he was quick to add that he (Lionel Messi) is far from being a ‘god’.
The Pope made this statement in a recent interview with Jordi Evole in La Sexta. Read extracts 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.