In this photograph taken on January 29, 2016, Afghan boy and Lionel Messi fan Murtaza Ahmadi, 5, wears a plastic bag jersey as he plays football in Jaghori district of Ghazni province. AFP PHOTO
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A five-year-old Afghan boy living in an insurgency-prone area has become an online sensation after pictures of him dressed in an improvised Lionel Messi jersey -- made out of a plastic bag -- went viral.Murtaza Ahmadi idolizes the Argentine soccer star but a jersey of his favorite player is beyond the means of his poor family in rural Ghazni province southwest of Kabul.Mohammad Arif Ahmadi, his father who works as a farmer, said he hopes that his son turns into a great football player one day.He asked me to buy him a jersey but I cannot afford it," Ahamdi, a father of six, said.When his photos were first posted, Internet users scrambled to identify the boy and it was initially claimed he was an Iraqi Kurd.Football and cricket are the two most popular sports in the war-ravaged country.
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