War forces out Murtaza, the Afghan boy famous for his Messi shirt

War forces out Murtaza, the Afghan boy famous for his Messi shirt

- Murtaza Ahmadi moved the world after showing his love for Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi

- The 7-year-old was spotted in 2016 wearing plastic bag 'shirt' with Messi's name

- His dream of meeting the Argentine came true but the Taliban are now threatening to kill him

The Afgan boy Murtaza Ahmadi better known as 'Little Messi' whose picture went viral for wearing a blue and white striped plastic bag, with the Argentine’s star's name on the back are facing a rough time back home after going into hiding after Talibans vowed to cut him if they get hold of him.

According to UK Daily Mail report citing AFP, Murtaza alongside family fled their home district of Jaghori, following several gunshots all through the night.

“We couldn't take any of our belongings, we left only with our lives,” Murtaza's mother Shafiqa was quoted as saying during an interview with her face partly covered with a scarf.

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Speaking further, Shafiqa revealed she constantly hide her famous son's face from being spotted, while running for their life.

And had to let go of some of their special belongings that include the football and jersey Messi handed over to Murtaza.

At the moment, Afghan security forces are pushing back the Taliban in Jaghori, but Shafiqa and her family prefers their present location.

The danger of the Taliban coming back is high, going back is not an option,” Shafiqa stressed, even as she was quick to add that Murtaza's fame has added more woes to their fears.

“Local strongmen were calling and saying, “You have become rich, pay the money you have received from Messi or we will take your son',” she said.

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At night we would sometimes see unknown men, watching and checking our house, and then the calls. During the days, we wouldn't dare let him outside home to play with other children,” she added.

Murtaza's older brother who made the plastic jersey, insists the family is still not safe in their new base in Kabul.

We are worried something bad will happen if they know who Murtaza is,” he noted

On the other hand, Little Murtaza can’t wait to reunite with his precious football and jersey from Messi.

I want them back so I can play.

“I miss Messi,” he added.

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“When I meet him, I will say, 'Salaam' and 'How are you?' Then he will reply saying thank you and be safe, and I will go with him to the pitch where he will play and I will watch him,” the 7-year-old summed up.

Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh previously had reported that Murtaza Ahmadi, the six-year-old Afghan boy became famous after wearing an homemade shirt bearing the name of Barcelona star Lionel Messi has finally met his hero.

The Barcelona star led the kid onto the pitch as the Spanish champions defeated Al-Ahli 5-3 in a friendly match played in Qatar on Tuesday night, December 13, 2016.

In January 2016, the photograph of Murtaza Ahmadi wearing a shirt which was made from a striped blue plastic bag went viral in which Argentine forward Lionel Messi responded by sending the boy a signed shirt.

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