Threats force Messi’s 5-year-old fan to leave the country
Local Press Co 5-point Snippet
1. Recently, a picture of a 5-year-old Afghan boy, Murtaza Ahmadi, wearing a shirt made from a white and blue striped plastic bag with Messi written on it, had gone viral on social media.
2. After the picture caught football star Lionel Messi’s attention, the Barcelona forward sent a signed Argentina shirt and a football for the 5-year-old.
3. Messi’s gesture towards the young fan made headlines and his image with the signed shirt and football was shared all over the internet the following day.
4. Unfortunately, the incident also caught the attention of a few who resorted to calling Ahmadi’s family and making threats over the telephone.
5. Fearing that his son would be kidnapped, Mohammad Arif Ahmadi, decided to relocate to Pakistan. The family is currently residing in the city of Quetta, Pakistan and hoping for a better life there.