Read What Pope Francis Said About Lionel Messi
The head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has cautioned faithfuls all over the world while making reference to Messi.
Pope Francis has said that, whilst Lionel Messi is undoubtedly a great player, he is not God. However, the head of the Catholic church also said he doesn’t believe the player’s D10S moniker to be sacrilegious.
Throughout Messi’s Barcelona career, many fans have referred to him as a God as a result of his footballing ability, creating the nickname D10S, as combination of his shirt number and the Spanish word for God.
The forward is widely recognised as one of the greatest of all time, even earning praise from his countryman Pope Francis, who discussed comparisons between the Barcelona forward and Lord Almighty.
Speaking on â€‹La Sexta’s Salvados show, the Pope accepted that the idea that calling â€‹Messi a God is a common expression of adoration and not blasphemous. However, he also made it clear that Messi is not a God.
When asked whether it is sacrilegious to call Messi God, Pope Francis replied: “In theory, it is sacrilege… but I don’t believe it.”
He added: “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.
“Of course, he is very good, but he isn’t God.”
Whilst his nickname may be up for debate, Messi’s talent is certainly not in question. In his 675 appearances for â€‹Barcelona, the Argentine has racked up 593 goals and 238 assists, cementing his legacy as one of the finest to ever play the game.
His club form has been nothing short of sensational across the last 15 years. However, many have criticised his lack of success with his international side Argentina.
Messi has managed 65 goals in 129 appearances for his country which, despite still being an incredible record, is not as impressive as his club form.
In fact, the only success he has achieved with Argentina is a gold medal from the 2008 Olympic Games. Many have claimed that the Barcelona man must guide his country to a World Cup trophy for him to be viewed as the best ever, but he was powerless to prevent Argentina from elimination at the hands of eventual winners France last summer.
He had remained out of the Argentina squad ever since, but made his long-awaited return to international duty when he captained the side in their 3-1 loss to Venezuela in March.
Culled from 90mins
BBNaija season 6 lovestruck couple, Nini Singh and Adeoluwa Okusaga a.k.a Saga are reportedly engaged (Photos below)
“Reason why I don’t date married men even when i know am not holy” – Ashmusy narrates
JUST IN: Nigeria’s public debt hits N46.25trn
JUST IN: Peter Obi’s #Obidients Stage Anti-#Tinubu’s Protest In US (Photos below)
James Brown’s partner, Tobi arrested and assaulted in Asaba (Video below)
Niyi angrily tackles fan for saying Kiddwaya is the ‘most sensible’ BBNaija graduate
19yrs old lady pleads with court not to jail her ex-boyfriend accused of defiling her when she was 16, says she’s still in love with him
What Arsenal did to me – Alex Iwobi opens up
News22 hours ago
Pastor who prophesied death of Yul Edochie’s son makes shocking prophecy on Burna Boy
Celebrity Gossip & Gist2 days ago
“Life outside the hospital is a gift” – Singer Victony says after three successful surgeries
Entertainment1 day ago
BBNaija’s Khloe reacts to alleged trending bedroom tape
Entertainment1 day ago
Why I am almost certain it didn’t happen – Foluke Daramola hits back at Yeni Kuti (Video)