Young Messi Fan Forced To Leave Afghanistan
The father of Murtaza Ahmadi said he feared his son would be kidnapped after being threatened for wearing a signed football shirt.
The father of a five-year-old Afghan boy who received signed T-shirts from his football hero Lionel Messi claims the family has had to leave the country.
Mohammed Arif Ahmadi claimed they received threats over the telephone and “life became a misery” when the threats became more serious.
He said: “I sold all my belongings and brought my family out of Afghanistan to save my son’s life as well as the lives of the rest of the family.”
Mr Ahmadi said they did not want to leave Afghanistan, but he has now settled his family in Quetta, Pakistan, in the hope of a better life.
He also said he feared his son, Murtaza Ahmadi, would be kidnapped after a photograph of him wearing a Messi shirt made out of a plastic bag went viral.
Earlier this year, the Afghan soccer federation had promised to arrange a meeting between Messi, a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, and Murtaza.
But none of the options worked out, Mr Ahmadi said.
He added: “Still, Murtaza hopes that one day he would be able to meet his hero, Messi.”
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