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Young Afghan Messi fan threatened by criminals, Taliban

AP  |  Kabul 

A young Afghan fan who shot to fame after he was photographed in a Messi shirt made from a plastic bag has fled with his family to the capital after criminal gangs and the threatened to kill or kidnap him.

Shafiqa Ahmedi said Friday that criminals threatened to kidnap her now-7-year-old son Murtaza, a fan of Argentinian star Lionel Messi, after demanding money.

The picture of in his plastic Messi shirt playing went viral on two years ago. He met his hero in December last year.

Since becoming an internet sensation, Shafiqa said her son has not been able to attend school and now they are living in a cold, unheated room in

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 20:20 IST