Remember the Afghan boy – Murtaza Ahmadi – who charmed the world with his Lionel Messi jersey he made from a plastic bag? His biggest dream finally came through.
The little Afghan boy became an internet sensation after making a waterproof shirt of Messi. And finally, the lad has met his champion, Messi.
On meeting the boy, the Spanish champion lifted the six-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi in his arms at a specially arranged meeting in Doha, Qatar today.
In January this year, the boy was pictured in a homemade replica of Lionel Messi’s famous blue and white football strips. The shirt featured five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi’s name and No 10 boldly etched on the back using a black marker pen.
The image, which he took near his remote home, went viral drawing world’s attention after it was posted on a Messi fan site. Fans also began searching for the six-year-old from Jaghori, southwest of Kabul.
11 months on, he has had his dream come through.
Murtaza is reportedly from a poor family living in Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni province.
Reports say the young lad was made to flee the country to Pakistan in May.
His father Arif Ahmadi said that he and his family only had solar power and that his boy had seen Messi on television.
‘He (Murtaza) asked me many times to buy a Messi shirt,’ Arif said. ‘I couldn’t provide for him. Later, his brother made him this plastic shirt and posted his photo on Facebook.’
Messi and his Barcelona teammates were in the Qatari capital to play an exhibition match against Al-Ahli of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday when the world spotted him with his young fan.
The team won 5-3, with Messi among the scorers and then Murtaza accompanied him onto the field as one of the mascots, and the boy posed for pictures with the team before the kickoff.
He also received a real signed Messi Shirt
Watch The Video Of Their Meeting Below
Messi has met children in special cases.
He played around a 10-year-old boy with a ball in 2011 because the boy had both of his legs amputated due to Laurin-Sandrow syndrome.
He did the same a year later with a Brazilian boy who was born without feet.