Pope Francis during the weekend stated that in theory it is sacrilege to call on argentine soccer star Lionel Messi for God. The 82-year-old pope, who himself is from Argentina, and even is a big fan of football, is a supporter and member of the football club San Lorenzo from Buenos Aires. The same football club as the Danish/american world star Viggo Mortensen is also a big fan of. But he will in no way go so far, that he will call his argentine compatriot for a God.
It writes multiple media, including Independent and Eurosport.
the Argentine Messi, who plays for the Spanish football club FC Barcelona, is perhaps the only living man from Argentina, who is more known in the world than the pope.
Here receives a 'football god' Messi another award. (Photo: AP)
The notable opinion was delivered to the journalist Jordi Evole in the program 'Salvados' on the Spanish tv channel 'La Sexta', where the pope was asked how he has it with that many people refer to Messi as God.
'In theory, it is sacrilege. It can't say. And I do not believe that he is God.', said pope Francis, after which he asked the journalist whether he believed that Messi is God.
This said the journalist Jordi Evoli: Yes.
to Which the pope replied: No.
The 82-year-old pope explained hereinafter in more detail about its position:
'People can say, that he is God in the same way, as they say, 'I admire you', but it is only God who can be worshiped' explained the pope and added:
'He is a God with the ball on the pitch. It is a popular way to describe Messi. And of course he is an extremely good footballer. But he is not God'.
And so ended the debate.