A young Afghan boy who was made famous online for his devotion to footballer Lionel Messi has been forced to flee his
home for the second time.
Murtaza Ahmadi, now aged seven, went viral in 2016 after being photographed wearing a homemade Messi shirt, fashioned out of a plastic bag.
He later met his hero in Qatar.
His family say they have now abandoned their home in Afghanistan, after receiving threats from the Taliban.
After a photo was shared widely on social networks, people called for him to be found so Messi could respond.
When the boy's name was released, the player sent him a package - including a signed shirt - via the children's charity Unicef, which he works for as an ambassador.
Murtaza was later invited to meet Messi when the Barcelona star played a friendly in Doha in late 2016. The young fan walked on to the pitch with his idol.
The Ghazni area remains under state control, but it is considered to be of strategic importance in the conflict between
the government and the Taliban.
The hard-line Islamic group launched a major assault on the area in August and renewed their efforts in November, forcing thousands of locals to flee. Hundreds of people - civilians, soldiers, and insurgents - were killed in the outbreak of violence.
Murtaza's 17-year-old brother, Humayoon, told Efe news agency that they had not been able to send him to school for the past two years and they do not let him play in the street.