Pope Francis has said that his Argentine countryman Lionel Messi is not "God" but understands why people refer to him as it were.
Messi, Barcelona, has scored 31 goals, including both in the 2-0 win over Espanyol, and set up 12 more in 27 league games for La Liga leaders. He has networked 16 out of 12 Champions League appearances to help Barca get to the finals and help his side move on to the Copa del Rey finals.
When asked whether he was sacrilege the five-time winner Ballon's "Messy" God, "cutting the third command by using the lord's name in vain, Pope Francis said a TV show t Spanish Sexual La "Salvados": In theory, our sacrilege.
"You can't say it and I don't believe it. I think people say it 's God' s just as they 're saying' I & # You love to worship God only We have our expressions that people use Here is a god with the ball on the field; n a popular way in which people can express themselves. [to watch Messi play]. But it is not God. "
Born in Buenos Aires, the head of the Catholic church is a football fan and a member of the Argentine club. San Lorenzo.
Messi and Argentina's national team met Pope Francis during the summer of 2013 at the Vatican and the national team captain said the meeting was "short but beautiful."
A year later, Messi was among other international competitors in Argentina to sign a national team shirt sent to Pope Francis as a donation during the 2014 World Cup, where Argentina completed the runners up to Germany.