Afghanistan's 'Little Messi' flees home after Taliban threats, says family

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Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi posing with a jersey sent to him by Argentine football star Lionel Messi in 2016

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Murtaza Ahmadi with a signed Messi shirt, which was sent to him after being photographed in a homemade version

A young Afghan boy who was made famous online for his devotion to footballer Lionel Messi has been forced to flee his home for the second time.

Murtaza Ahmadi, now aged seven, went viral in 2016 after being photographed wearing a homemade Messi shirt, fashioned out of a plastic bag.

He later met his hero in Qatar.

His family say they have now abandoned their home in Afghanistan, after receiving threats from the Taliban.

They were living in the south-eastern Ghazni province – which militants have been targeting – and have escaped…



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