The Afghan boy who became a worldwide sensation after he was filmed wearing a homemade shirt made out of a striped plastic bag with Lionel Messi’s famous number 10 on it has finally got to meet his hero.
Six-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi made headlines with his shirt back in January, and he was sent a signed shirt by Messi soon afterwards.
But that was not the end of the story, and now Ahmadi has come face-to-face with his hero in Doha in Qatar. Messi is in Doha with his Barcelona team-mates ahead of a friendly with Al Ahli on Tuesday, and Ahmadi will walk out onto the pitch with him before the start.
A tweet from the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy – Qatar’s delivery and legacy authority for the 2022 FIFA World Cup today has shown them meeting beforehand.
“The image the world wanted to see,” said the tweet. “The six-year-old boy who dreamed of meeting his hero, #Messi, finally comes true.”