Five year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, from a poor family in the Jaghori district of Afghanistan, stole the internet’s heart after pictures and videos of his plastic jersey went viral on Facebook and other social media sites.
Unable to get a real Messi shirt, Murtaza’s brother made him a homemade jersey with a plastic bag in the light blue and white colors of the Argentinian national team, with “Messi” and the number “10” written on it in black marker.
The Argentine soccer star and Unicef Ambassador, Lionel Messi, was moved by the video and sent two jerseys to Murtaza. Ahmadi went with his family to Kabul from Taliban-infested eastern Ghazni to receive the gifts sent by Messi.
The Afghan Football Federation said on its website that it’s also in contact with Messi’s representatives to arrange for Murtaza to meet the player soon.
Officials are trying to arrange for Messi to go to Afghanistan to visit Murtaza, or send the boy and his family to Spain, where Messi is currently playing for Barcelona, if not they will set another meeting point in a third country, said spokesman Sayed Ali Kazemi.