A toddler Afghan fan of Lionel Messi has been forced to leave Afghanistan along with his family due to constant telephone threats.
Murtaza Ahmadi had been given a shirt signed by the Barcelona star after his picture wearing a ‘plastic bag’ shirt of Messi went viral on social media.
The five-year-old’s father Mohammad Arif says they have moved to Pakistan and settled in the city of Quetta, hoping for a better life there.
According to a report, Ahmadi spoke to the Associated Press over the telephone from Quetta on Tuesday.
He says he feared that his son, Murtaza Ahmadi, would be kidnapped after becoming an internet sensation after pictures of him wearing a Messi shirt made out of a striped plastic bag went viral.
Later, Messi had sent autographed shirts and a football along with a personal message for the youngster via UNICEF.