Pope Francis urged the fans of Lionel Messi to stop calling the football star “God”, deeming such description as “sacrilege.”
"In theory, it is sacrilege. It shouldn't be said. I do not believe it,” the Pope told Spanish television channel La Sexta.
"People could call him God, just as they might say 'I adore you', but only God can be worshipped. 'He's a god with the ball on the pitch' is a popular way to express yourself,” he said.
"He's great to watch - but he's not God."
Messi fans often call him "D10S", a combination of the Spanish word for God, "dios" with the number 10 on his shirt.