Afghan ‘Messi’ had to flee home due to threats and it is heartbreaking
Murtaza Ahmadi, who also likes to call himself Messi, rose to fame when pictures of him wearing a Messi jersey made of a plastic bag circulated across the internet.
People were so inspired by little Messi’s love for his idol that a campaign was launched for him to meet the Argentine superstar. What happened next? Ahmadi went to the Camp Nou and met Lionel Messi.
He also did the ceremonial kick-off before the match and then ran towards Messi and held his hand. That was the cutest moment on a football pitch, and you can not tell us otherwise.
Unfortunately, some years after his meeting with the world’s best footballer, Murtaza and his family are forced to flee their home in the village of Ghazni owing to threats allegedly from Taliban. Murtaza and his family belong to the ethnic Hazara minority.
“Murtaza became famous around the world and we are not able to walk free and go anywhere. Murtaza and my other children were not able to go to school,” his mother Shafiqa Ahmadi said according to Reuters.
She added that Taliban attacked their village one night which forced them to flee the country.
Social Media reacts
‘The family of a seven-year-old Afghan boy known as “Messi’s biggest fan” who captivated hearts around the world are now among the IDP’s in Kabul’
The family of a seven-year-old Afghan boy known as “#Messi ’s biggest fan” who captivated hearts around the world are now among the IDP’s in #Kabul , forced to flee their home in central #Afghanistan amid constant threats, and a Taliban assault.
➔ Watch the video (+1:30 mins) pic.twitter.com/GWVhaIanbf
— Barack Elham (@Barack_e1) December 8, 2018
Even if crisis, the little Messi did not forget to take his Messi-signed jerseys with him
? [MD] | Murtaza retrieves the jerseys that Messi gave him.
? The young Afghan, who had to leave his home because of Taliban attack recovered the jerseys given to him by the Argentine crack. pic.twitter.com/oM6z5szm9B
— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) December 7, 2018
The biggest Messi fan ever? YES
"I like Messi a lot, I want to live close to him".
Remember Murtaza Ahmadi?
Two years after meeting Lionel Messi, the young Afghan has been forced to flee his village after Taliban attacks. pic.twitter.com/AZCkDTupnv
— Ashraf Sherjan? (@ASJBaloch) December 7, 2018
Indeed, it is a sad moment
How sad. Remember "Little Messi"? He is the Afghan boy who went viral for wearing Lionel Messi plastic bag shirt.
He is now living a nightmare as one of 1000s of Afghans displaced by war.
— Jenan Moussa (@jenanmoussa) December 6, 2018
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