A small boy from Afghanistan made a team jersey of his favourite Barcelona star out of a plastic bag
Afghan child’s makeshift Messi soccer jersey goes viral
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SHOWS: GHAZNI PROVINCE, AFGHANISTAN (RECENT – JANUARY 2016)
1. (MUTE) VARIOUS STILL PHOTOGRAPHS OF MURTAZA AHMADI SHOWING OFF HIS MAKESHIFT LIONEL MESSI SHIRT
STORY: A young boy in Afghanistan has become a media sensation after photographs of his makeshift soccer jersey, made out of a plastic bag, went viral on the Internet.
Murtaza Ahmadi had been asking his family for a team jersey of his favourite soccer player, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, for some time, his father, told Reuters on Friday (January 29). But his father, Arif Ahmadi, said such a present was outside the means for the family living in rural Ghazni province.
So Murtaza and his siblings made their own.
The photographs shared with Reuters by the family show a happy Murtaza showing off his creation, complete with “Messi” and the player’s team number, 10, emblazoned on the front and back.
Arif Ahmadi said his son, the second youngest of five children, is very happy with his newfound fame. But Murtaza was initially upset that his older brother ruined his hair in an attempt to mimic Messi’s own style.
Murtaza’s media attention has been a “source of pride” not only for them, but all Afghans, his father said.