Courtesy of BBC:
The mystery about the identity of the boy in the homemade football shirt that enchanted the internet appears to have been solved.
BBC Trending has been told that the child who has become known as “Messi’s biggest fan” is actually five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi from a rural area in Afghanistan. This would appear to contradict reports that the boy is an Iraqi Kurd.
The online quest to find the unknown boy was sparked by a single photo of the back of a child wearing a Lionel Messi shirt made from a plastic bag. The photo went viral as did claims that the boy was an Iraqi Kurd and that the Barcelona football star wanted to find his young fan to give him a proper shirt.