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People search for boy in 'Messi 10' jersey made out of plastic bag

By Gao Yinan (People's Daily Online)    11:18, January 20, 2016

People are sharing this image of a young boy wearing an improvised Lionel Messi jersey on social media.


The child, who is believed to be from the war-torn city of Dohuk, Iraq, was photographed wearing a "Messi 10" shirt made out of a blue and white plastic bag.

According to several reports, netizens are amazed by Messi's charm and great influence. The image was initially shared widely on Twitter by people in Turkey last week and is now being shared throughout the world on social media, where thousands of people have joined a campaign to track down the youngster and give him a real Barcelona shirt with Messi’s name on the back.

The photo apparently appeared first on Turkish fan sites, which claimed the child was from Dohuk, Iraq. "A young boy in Iraq made a Lionel Messi shirt from a plastic bag." (Screenshot/Twitter)

And one from Spanish-language football blog Juez Central wrote "Tremendous image. A child in Iraq manages to play in his idol’s T-shirt. The Beautiful Game." (Screenshot/Twitter)

A popular Messi fan account even claims Messi's team has reached out to them to find the boy so that Messi himself could do something for this little fan and called up his fans to repost the tweet. (Screenshot/Twitter)

No one knows when the photo was taken. The search continues and the child has not yet been indentified.  

This is not the first time that sports stars track children and try to send them shorts. In March 2015, Belgian player Mo Tengsi who played in Naples found a picture of an African child wearing his football T-shirt on the National Geography, and then he tried to make contact with the photographer and the magazine, hoping to find the child and gave him a shirt. But nothing happened.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Gao Yinan,Wu Chengliang)

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