Barcelona star Lionel Messi has enjoyed a stellar campaign for the La Liga champions scoring 41 goals in 38 games so far.
This stats has seen the football magiacians goal scoring record draw closer to Pele’s totall tally for a single club.
And while Messi has not been able to replicate his club ability on the international stage, Barcelona fans are already calling their most priced possession a God.
And the Pope broke into laughter after he was asked if he believed that Messi is indeed a God.
“In theory, it is sacrilege. You can’t say it and I don’t believe it,” Pope Francis responded when host Jordi Evole asked if calling Messi God is sacrilege.
The Pope further added that while people can choose to call God whoever they want, he personally can’t do that.
“People can say he is God, just as they may say ‘I adore you’, but only God can be worshiped” he said.
The Pope however agreed that Messi can only be likened to a God with the ball in the field.
“Those are expressions from people. ‘this is a God with the ball on the field’ is a popular way for someone to express themselves.
The Pope was however not asked about fan favorite Christiano Ronaldo especially after Messi admitted last week that he misses the Portugal star in the Spanish league.