Pope Francis responds to comparisons of Lionel Messi with God

Spanish giants Barcelona recently romped home to a 2-0 win over Espanyol in the La Liga Catalan Derby. Lionel Messi starred in the game by scoring both the goals.

If the first of them was a perfect Panenka free-kick, the secon was a neat shot past Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez. With his brace, Messi also took his tally of goals in the season to 41, while the win helped him equal Madrid legend Iker Casillas’ record of most La Liga victories (334).

The Argentine may be churning out superhuman performances week in and week out, but Pope Francis is not a fan of the Barcelona legend being compared to God, as he explained in a recent interview.

The Pope, who is also a native of Argentina, was interviewed by Jordi Evole of La Sexta, as you can see in the video below:

The following are some relevant excerpts from the interview:

Jordi Evole: Is it sacrilege to say that 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.

Moving on, Barcelona and Lionel Messi are in preparations to face English giants Manchester United in the upcoming Champions League Quarter-finals fixtures. The first-leg match will be held at the Old Trafford on April 11th, while Barcelona will play hosts in the return-leg on April 17th.