Barca were under pressure after Atletico Madrid and second-placed Sevilla had both moved level on points with the Catalan giants.
AFP met with the family recently in the cramped room in Kabul they are renting from another impoverished family.
"As a kid we all have dreams. My dream was to play for a big club and win important trophies."
His success means Cristiano Ronaldo remains tied with Lionel Messi having won FIFA's award in different guises five times each
Wins for Liverpool, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Dortmund, Galatasaray and Belgrade start off this season's UEFA Champions League group stage.
But even if the Argentine star remains as good as ever, his team will need others to step up.
All the flaws of an ageing and unbalanced Argentina team were ruthlessly exposed in the thrashing by Croatia in the group stage.
By the 80th minute Maradonna sat with his hands covering his face, unable to watch
Argentina's 3-0 defeat to Croatia spelt another night of misery for Barcelona star Messi
Messi is bearing the weight of expectations as Argentina seek a first World Cup trophy since 1986
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