• In this Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 file photo, Murtaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old Afghan Lionel Messi fan plays with a soccer ball during a photo opportunity as he wears a shirt signed by Messi, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The father of Ahmadi says the family was forced to leave Afghanistan amid constant telephone threats. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

    Threats force Afghan boy, fan of Messi, to leave the country

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The family of a 5-year-old Afghan boy who received autographed shirts from his soccer hero Lionel Messi was forced to leave Afghanistan amid constant telephone threats, the boy’s father said Tuesday.