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Soccer Star to Meet Fan from Afghanistan Who Replicated His Jersey out of Plastic Bags

Meet Murtaza Ahmadi, a five-year old boy from Afghanistan who may very well be soccer star Lionel Messi’s biggest fan.

Ahmadi’s story went viral late last month when photos of his homemade jersey spread across the internet like wildfire. The future-footballer is seen with the biggest smile on his face, kicking a ball around and wearing the Argentinian blue and white stripes, complete with Messi’s number 10 on the back.

Because his parents couldn’t get him a real one, Ahmadi’s brother helped him create his jersey out of plastic bags, and write the number 10 on the back. Murtaza’s father, Arif told CNN “He kept crying for days asking for the shirt until his brother Hamayon helped him make one from the plastic bag to make him happy.”

Once his photos started circulating, Barcelona team representatives began spreading the word online to try and track down the boy, located in the region of Jaghori. While initially, word was that they’d be surprising Ahmadi with an official jersey, sources have confirmed that Messi himself is planning on meeting the future-footballer.

According to Syed Ali Kazemi of the Afghan Football Federation, “The management of the Afghan Football Federation has received emails from Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona regarding the meeting.”

No word yet on where the meeting will take place, but we can probably assume it’ll be one of the most memroable moments in the boy’s childhood.

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