Messi boy: Murtaza Ahmadi flees Afghanistan threats

A five-year-old Afghan boy whose image went viral after he was photographed wearing a homemade Lionel Messi shirt has fled with his family to Pakistan.

Murtaza Ahmadi’s father said they had received threats of kidnap, including from a gangster demanding money.

After the boy shot to fame in his shirt fashioned from a stripy blue plastic bag, the Argentine star gave him two signed jerseys and a football.

“I love Messi. He’s the king,” Murtaza, who hopes to meet him, told the BBC.

Murtaza’s father says they left their home province of Ghazni because the situation was “very risky” for him.

  • Wait – a child admires a soccer player and now he is marked for death?

    Only in Pakistan.

    • john700

      Or that’s the best way to claim refugee status anywhere.

      • It wouldn’t surprise me that inbred savages have a problem with a Western sport.

        • john700

          Of course, but why let a crisis go to waste?

  • P_F

    It is a ruse. mohammedans have found out how easy it is to fool western people.
    I won’t be surprised if libtard turdo offers him & his whole family Canadian citizenship with all the perks. And, as soon as they get their Canadian passport they would be visiting their home town on our expense.