Taliban threatens Afghan boy who shot to fame with plastic Messi shirt

Since becoming an internet sensation, Shafiqa said her son has not been able to attend school and now they are living in a cold, unheated room in Kabul.

Published: 07th December 2018 08:28 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th December 2018 08:40 PM   |  A+A-

Murtaza Ahmadi with his Messi shirt made from a plastic bag.

By PTI

KABUL: A young Afghan soccer fan who shot to fame after he was photographed in a Messi shirt made from a plastic bag has fled with his family to the capital after criminal gangs and the Taliban threatened to kill or kidnap him.

Shafiqa Ahmedi said Friday that criminals threatened to kidnap her now-7-year-old son Murtaza, a fan of Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi, after demanding money.

Murtaza Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi. (Photo: YouTube)

The picture of Murtaza in his plastic Messi shirt playing soccer went viral on social media two years ago.

He met his hero in December last year.

Since becoming an internet sensation, Shafiqa said her son has not been able to attend school and now they are living in a cold, unheated room in Kabul.

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