KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) The father of a 5-year-old Afghan boy who received autographed shirts from his soccer hero Lionel Messi says the family was forced to leave Afghanistan amid constant telephone threats.
Mohammad Arif Ahmadi – whose son grabbed headlines when he was photographed wearing a homemade Argentina shirt with No. 10 on the back – says they have moved to Pakistan and settled in the city of Quetta, hoping for a better life there.
Ahmadi spoke to The Associated Press over the telephone from Quetta on Tuesday.
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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.