Lionel Messi meets young Afghan boy who wore a makeshift Messi jersey made of nylon
An Afghan boy who gained online fame after a picture of him wearing a makeshift Lionel Messi jersey went viral, has finally met his football hero in Doha, Qatar.
Murtaza Ahmadi was shown dressed in a blue-and-white-striped plastic bag with Barcelona and Argentina star Messi’s name and number etched in pen on the back in January.
The image, which garnered global attention after it was posted on a Messi fan site, sparked a manic search by fans to find the six-year-old from Jaghori, Kabul.
Now, almost 11 months later, Messi and Murtaza have met for the first time. Messi and his Barcelona teammates were in the Qatari capital to play an exhibition match against Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.
Ahmadi was given two autographed shirts and a signed football from the Messi by UNICEF workers in February, a gesture his father, Muhammad Arif Ahmadi, described as “one of the happiest moments” of his son’s life.
Arif said Murtaza’s brother had initially helped him create the makeshift plastic bag jersey as the family was unable to purchase a real one.