‘Messi’ Kidnapped By ISIS| FortNews

In what can only be termed a bizarre act, terrorist organization, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) kidnapped an Iraqi boy after his father named him after Argentina and Barce­lona superstar Lionel Messi.

According to Daily Mail, Messi was abducted by ISIS with his mother and sister from their home in Sinjar, north­ern Iraq in 2014, and was forced to change his name to Hassan.

The extremist outfit also demanded ransom from the Yazidi Kurdish fam­ily. Messi, who was kidnapped at the age of three, spent nearly two years in captivity, but has since been rescued and is now living in a refugee camp in Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan.

Last year, a five-year-old Afghan boy became an Internet star after pictures went viral of him wearing an Argenti­na football shirt made out of a plastic bag with his hero Messi’s name.

Later in December, Murtaza Ahma­di finally met his favourite football star in Doha.


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