May 04, 2016
Afghanistan’s Young Messi Fan Can’t Catch A Break
The family of Murtaza Ahmadi, the young Afghani boy turned internet sensation, has fled to Pakistan after receiving numerous threats. Five year old Murtaza became an internet celebrity after being photographed wearing a makeshift Lionel Messi soccer jersey fashioned from a plastic bag. With the help of UNICEF, Messi was able to send the boy a real jersey, along with an autographed ball. However, since the heartwarming photo-op, Murtaza’s father began receiving 20-30 threatening calls a day. Afghanistan must be Real Madrid fans. The family is now living in Quetta and has submitted an application with the United Nations seeking asylum in Pakistan.