Five-year-old Afghani Messi fan 'forced to leave' country

Five-year-old Afghani Messi fan 'forced to leave' country
After the publicity that a Afghani boy received for his love of Messi, his family decided to relocate to Pakistan after life became a misery.
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Murtaza's father feared that his son would be kidnapped [Getty]
The father of a five-year-old Afghan boy who received autographed shirts from his football hero, Lionel Messi, says the family has been forced to leave Afghanistan amid constant telephone threats.

Mohammad Arif Ahmadi – whose son grabbed headlines when he was photographed wearing a homemade Argentina shirt with No. 10 on the back – says they have moved to Pakistan and settled in the city of Quetta, hoping for a better life there.

Ahmadi says he feared that his son, Murtaza Ahmadi, would be kidnapped after becoming an internet sensation when pictures of him wearing a Messi shirt made out of a striped plastic bag went viral. The father says "life became a misery for us."
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