Pope Francis declares fellow Argentinian Lionel Messi is NOT God

Pope declares Lionel Messi 'is not God' - and says it is sacrilege for football fans to describe him that way The pontiff dispelled the popular belief among Barca fans in a TV interview 'La Sexta' host Jordi Evole asked the pope if it was 'sacrilege' to say Messi is God Francis said he admired the Argentina striker's skill but doesn't credit his divinity

By James Tweedie For Mailonline

Published: 12:47 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 20:10 BST, 1 April 2019

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Pope Francis has said that it is sacrilege for people to call Barcelona great Lionel Messi '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'.

Evole asked the Pope: 'Is it sacrilege to say that Messi is God?'

Sacrilege: Pope Francis told Spanish TV it was 'in theory' wrong to believe FC Barcelona striker Messi was God

Sacrilege: Pope Francis told Spanish TV it was 'in theory' wrong to believe FC Barcelona striker Messi was God

And Pope Francis replied: 'In theory it is sacrilege, you cannot say it, I don't believe. Do

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