Afghan boy with plastic bag Messi jersey finally has the real thing
February 25, 2016 - Uncategorized
“I love Messi and my shirt says Messi loves me.”
That was the message of joy from a young Afghan boy whose dream of wearing his favorite soccer player’s jersey is finally a reality.
Murtaza Ahmadi first grabbed international attention when a photo of him wearing a blue and white plastic bag with Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi’s name and number drawn crudely on the back went viral.
But no one could figure out who he was or how to locate him.
Thousands of people shared the photo and tried to find the boy in order to get him a real jersey. After some speculation that he was an Iraqi refugee, he was later identified by family members as 5-year-old Murtaza, who lives in the countryside of Jaghori, Afghanistan. Read more…