Boy's Lionel Messi plastic bag jersey steals internet's heart
His brother made the jersey for him from a grocery bag
Un Lionel Messi afghan de 5 ans émeut la toile <a href="https://t.co/kbbKABsZb5">https://t.co/kbbKABsZb5</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/AFP?src=hash">#AFP</a> <a href="https://t.co/aREhwYaBu7">pic.twitter.com/aREhwYaBu7</a>—@afpfr
A five-year-old boy in Afghanistan has become a social media star after pictures of him wearing a homemade soccer jersey made from a plastic bag began circulating online.
Afghan boy in a <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Messi?src=hash">#Messi</a> plastic shirt <a href="https://t.co/j0jd3rmB1R">https://t.co/j0jd3rmB1R</a> <a href="https://t.co/bE7oQ8aSV8">pic.twitter.com/bE7oQ8aSV8</a>—@ValaAfshar
Murtaza Ahmadi lives in the war-torn Ghazni province, southwest of Kabul.
He's a soccer fanatic, and Barcelona star Lionel Messi is his favourite player.
According to Agence France Presse, Ahmadi's 15-year-old brother Homayoun made him his very own Messi jersey from a blue and white striped plastic bag, the same colours Messi sports as captain of the Argentine national squad.
Afghan boy with homemade football shirt says he wants to be like Messi when he grows up <a href="https://t.co/VTsNogV5v9">https://t.co/VTsNogV5v9</a> <a href="https://t.co/uoTthEpVqB">pic.twitter.com/uoTthEpVqB</a>—@veeraTJ86
The photos were posted earlier this month, and after some initial confusion, Ahmadi soon started making fans of his own.
Water color of little Afghan boy who is called as Messi of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Afghanistan?src=hash">#Afghanistan</a> & biggest fan of <a href="https://twitter.com/messi10stats">@messi10stats</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TeamMessi">@TeamMessi</a> <a href="https://t.co/IO1KkcIceA">pic.twitter.com/IO1KkcIceA</a>—@muhibshadan
According to this fan account, he's caught Messi's eye as well.
We got DM from Leo's team. They want to know who this kid is so that Leo can arrange something for him. RT & spread <a href="https://t.co/MylJyDOpsu">https://t.co/MylJyDOpsu</a>—@messi10stats