WEB DESK: The child who has become known as “Messi’s biggest fan” is actually five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi from a rural area in Afghanistan.
The online quest to find the unknown boy was sparked by a single photo of the back of a child wearing a Lionel Messi shirt made from a plastic bag.
The photo went viral as did claims that the boy was an Iraqi Kurd and that the Barcelona football star wanted to find his young fan to give him a proper shirt.
The original photo of Murtaza wearing the plastic shirt was taken by the child’s oldest brother Hamayon who published them on his Facebook page. The family live in the Jaghori District, in the eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.
Source: BBC Trending