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- Updated: January 29, 2016
Identity of boy in Messi plastic bag jersey traced to Afghanistan.
An Afghanistan man living in Australia claims his five-year-old nephew is the boy in the Leo Messi shirt made from a plastic bag that sparked an internet search.
The photo of the boy wearing the blue-and-white bag resembling an Argentina shirt with “Messi 10” written on the back went viral.
But the child was anonymous and even Messi said he wanted to find his identity and send him a real shirt.
@Duhokpost the kid is called Murtaza from Afghanistan. He was taken the photo on 11th of January 2016. We can provid you more
— Azim Ahmadi (@joynaw5) January 26, 2016
A 10-year-old called Humani Ali, a Kurd from Qasara, a village just outside Dohuk, claimed he was the boy.
But it seems the latest claims have more substance, given the child’s size and age.
Azim Ahmadi, an Afghan living in Australia, said his nephew Murtaza was the child and had photos to prove it, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
The BBC were also carrying a story with the same claims.
Azim had set up a Twitter account, pleading his case and handling media inquiries.
Azim’s brother Arif – Murtaza’s father – confirmed his son is the boy at the centre of the internet search.
Arif said the original photo was taken by his oldest son Hamayon for his Facebook page.
The family live in the Jaghori District, in the eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan.
Arif said: “This little kid really loves Messi and football. It is not possible for us to buy [a jersey] for him. Because I am a simple farmer. So the kids decided to use the plastic.”
According to the Daily Mail, the father says Murtaza knows that he is famous now and “he is extremely happy”.
“He heard from friends who have internet. They called and told us about it. My younger son hopes that foreign countries can help us meet Messi and that we could be good football players like him in the future.”
Sportact Editors and Wire Services