Bollywood actor-singer Ayushman Khurrana believes the ‘god’ in sports is Sachin Tendulkar, not Lionel Messi. This came to light after a tweet from ‘God’, who had commented on Twitter following Messi’s 50th career hat-trick in Barcelona’s La Liga clash against Sevilla. The Argentine displayed sensational form to aid his side to a 4-2 victory, which extended Barcelona’s lead at the top of the table.
A popular twitter my the name of ‘God’, had tweeted: “I’m leaving. Messi, take over”, on February 23 following Messi’s hat-trick against Sevilla. He helped his side come from a goal deficit on two occasions in the match and was hailed for his performance from fans and pundits alike.
In the match, The Catalan giants came from behind against hosts Sevilla, who took an early lead after former Manchester City winger Jesus Navas netted a goal at the 22nd minute of the match. Messi found an equaliser just four minutes later but Sevilla’s Gabriel Mercado aided his side to a second lead in the 42nd minute in the first half.
However, the second half was all about an inspired Lionel Messi and Barcelona, as the striker found the net again at the 67th minute and 85th minute. The five-time Ballon Dór winner is in great form this season and is the current top scorer of Sapin’s top-flight football league, La Liga.
A moment after the tweet, Ayushman, who was part of the anchoring team of the pre-match show of Indian Premier League Season 3, replied, “Sachin*.”
This has not been the first time someone sparked a debate between the two number tens and greatest-ever in their sport. As to which sportsperson truly deserves the title of ‘god’. However, this is something which will never have a conclusion but Sachin would have an edge because of his World Cup title.