Pope Francis has said that soccer fans especially those obsessed with magical legs of Argentina international and Barcelona goal machine, Lionel Messi should resist the temptation to either compare him with God or call him ‘God’ as that amounts to sacrilege.
Head of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City state, Pope Francis, who cautioned over the growing tendency to paint a larger than life image of the Barcelona ace, said while there is nothing wrong in appreciating expertise, adoring should only be for God.
The pontiff was speaking to host Jordi Evole on the ‘Salvados’ programme broadcast on Spanish TV channel La Sexta when he was asked about people referring to Messi as ‘God’.
Pope Francis said that people say ‘God’ like they say ‘I adore you’, stating that adoring is only for God, which are expressions people use.
Report observed that the Pope has previously admitted to being a football fan and follows Argentine top-flight side San Lorenzo de Almagro.
Reports also mentioned that Pope Francis, born, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is an Argentine and first Pope from outside Europe since the Gregory III who reigned in the 8th century.
It also stated that following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, a papal conclave elected Bergoglio as his successor on 13 March, adding that Bergoglio chose Francis as his papal name in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.