Afghan boy famous for wearing Lionel Messi plastic bag shirt forced to flee home after Taliban offensive

THE Afghan boy famous for wearing a Lionel Messi "jersey" made out of a plastic bag has been forced to flee his home after a vicious Taliban offensive.

The youngster shot to fame a little over two years ago after being pictured wearing a blue and white carrier bag, with "Messi" scrawled across it.

Afghan boy famous for wearing Lionel Messi plastic bag shirt forced to flee home after Taliban offensiveAFP6 Murtaza shot to fame after images of him wearing a plastic bag with 'Messi' scrawled across it went viral just over two years ago
Afghan boy famous for wearing Lionel Messi plastic bag shirt forced to flee home after Taliban offensiveAFP6 Murtaza and his family are now homeless after a Taliban offensive

But now, Murtaza and his family have had to escape Jaghori – previously the most peaceful region in the war-torn country – after the latest attack.

Worse yet, the youngster has been forced to leave his shirts signed by Lionel Messi behind – as they swiftly fled to Kabul under the cover of darkness.

Messi and Murtaza met in Qatar in 2016 after his plastic bag image went viral, with the Argentina legend giving him two jerseys.

Now homeless, Murtaza told a local news agency: "I miss our house in Jaghori, I don't have a ball here and I cannot play football or go out."

Afghan boy famous for wearing Lionel Messi plastic bag shirt forced to flee home after Taliban offensiveAFP6 Murtaza met Lionel Messi during a game in Qatar in 2016
Afghan boy famous for wearing Lionel Messi plastic bag shirt forced to flee home after Taliban offensiveAFP6 Murtaza and his family have fled Jaghori and now live in Kabul

He tearfully added: "We left them behind in Jaghori, as we couldn't bring them with us.

"Because we left the house during the night and Mum asked me to leave the ball and the shirts."

Big brother Humayoon Ahmadi went on to say the meeting with Messi while a once-in-a-lifetime moment, has only created more woes for his family.

Since the meeting, the family have lived in fear, worried people people Barcelona star Messi helped them financially.

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