Sunday 4 December 2016

Mystery of homemade Messi shirt solved as Afghan boy (5) finally found

Published 01/02/2016 | 09:21

A young Afghan boy in a Taliban-controlled part of the country has become an online sensation after pictures of his improvised Lionel Messi jersey were uploaded on Facebook.

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Thousands of Facebooks users and members of the general public attempted to try and identify the picture of a five-year-old who was pictured wearing a blue and white plastic bag, mimicking the Argentina national jersey, with the player's name and number written with a marker.

The young fan in a photograph that spread on social media has been identified as Murtaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old boy who lives in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan.

The pictures were posted online by his older brother Homayoun, 15, who made Murtaza the improvised jersey.

Murtaza's  father admitted he could not afford to buy him a replica jersey, said he had only a punctured ball to play with in his village in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province.

“I love Messi, he plays well, the shirt was made by my brother and I liked it very much,” the young boy after being tracked down by the AFP news agency.

“We do not have a football playground near our house, and the only ball I have is punctured.

“I want to be like Messi, when I grow up.”

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