The little boy who became famous after he was photographed in a plastic bag ‘shirt’ with Messi’s name on it has had his family’s life endangered.
The photograph immediately went viral and 7-year-old was immediately invited to meet his childhood idol and was handed two Barca shirts and an autographed football.
But according to Spanish publication, Tribuna, the fame and recognition played a bad joke in Murtaza’s life – when the Taliban invaded his home district they came knocking and the family had to flee.
Here’s what Murtaza’s mother, Shafiqa told CNN:
“From the day Murtaza became famous, life became difficult for our family.
“Not only the Taliban, but some other groups also started thinking that Messi might have given him a lot of money.
“We stopped sending him to school, and we were being threatened all the time.’
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The family moved to the capital city Kabul, bemoaning the day Murtaza met his idol:
“It would have been better if Murtaza hadn’t gained fame,” said Shafiqa