There's a campaign to find a child in a makeshift Lionel Messi top
There's a social media campaign to find this kid after a picture of him wearing an improvised Lionel Messi top was posted on social media.
It has spread like wildfire around Europe ever since Turkish fan blogs posted the image of the kid in a blue and white plastic bag with the words 'Messi 10' on the back.
Turkish sports website Fanatik posted this tweet: "A young boy in Iraq made a Lionel Messi shirt from a plastic bag."
FOTO | Irak'ta küçük bir çocuğun poşetten yaptığı Lionel Messi forması... pic.twitter.com/ZD5b5DUOq2— Fanatik (@fanatikcomtr) January 15, 2016
The blue and white bag perfectly resembles Argentina's national team strip.
A tweet from @JuezCentral claims the picture was taken in Iraq, saying: "Tremendous image. A child in Iraq manages to play in his idol’s t-shirt. The Beautiful Game".
Tremenda imagen. Un niño en Irak se las ingenia para jugar con la camiseta de su ídolo. The Beautiful Game. pic.twitter.com/O7iMtX1bhe— Juez Central (@Juezcentral) January 16, 2016
A campaign of sorts has started to find the child with a popular fan-run account @Messi10stats claiming to have contacted the Barcelona striker's representatives.
They said: "They want to know who this kid is so that Leo can arrange something for him."
However, they have been getting lots of accusations of lying.
They have since responded to the accusations by saying: "For those accusing us, we're not lying. Here's the proof."
People are still searching for the kid and the picture is reported to have been taken in Dohuk, Iraq, but the photo's original source is still not known.
H/T: The Independent.co.uk.