Messi says he does not like being called ‘god’

By Vincent Kejitan | Friday, Oct 11th 2019 at 13:15
Share this story:

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has said he appreciates the respect people accord him for his achievements on the pitch but does not like being referred to as a god.

Speaking during an interview with RAC1, Messi said it was a bit exaggerated although he understands they do not have any ill motive.

“I’m not worried about it, but it’s true that I don’t like it. It’s nice to be praised because people are being respectful.

“They don’t say it with any ill intent, but actually, with the complete opposite. But I think it’s very exaggerated to call me that,” he remarked.

Further, Messi stated that he does not want the tag to mislead his children since they are still young.

“Because of my sons, the age they have, they hear things and they copy them.

“My son, Mateo, calls me ‘Leo Messi,” [he’ll say,] ‘let’s go Leo Messi!’”

Earlier this year, Pope Francis warned football fans all over the world against referring to Messi as ‘God.’

Speaking during an interview on Spanish television, the Pontiff stated that it was wrong to compare a mortal to God.

"In theory, it is sacrilege. It shouldn't be said. I do not believe it. 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.

Share this story:
Other related topics:

Latest Stories