The five-times Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has earned the nickname ‘D10S’, a combination of his shirt number and the Spanish word for God – Dios – but Pope Francis has said ‘it is a sacrilege’ to give the Barcelona captain that title.

In an interview with La Sexta, the leader of the Catholic Church, praised his Argentinian compatriot saying: ‘He’s great to watch – but he’s not God.’

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