A 5-year-old Afghan boy who made a splash on the Internet by wearing a Lionel Messi jersey made from a plastic bag might get the chance to meet the Argentine superstar who plays for FC Barcelona of Spain.
Boy, 5, might meet idol Messi
A 5-year-old Afghan boy who made a splash on the Internet by wearing a homemade Lionel Messi jersey might get the chance to meet the Argentine superstar who plays for FC Barcelona of Spain.
The Afghan Football Federation said it is planning to set up a meeting between Messi and Murtaza Ahmadi, who was pictured wearing an Argentina jersey made from a plastic bag with Messi’s name and No. 10 written in black marker.
Afghan federation spokesman Sayed Ali Kazemi said Tuesday officials hope Messi, 28, can come to Afghanistan to visit the boy, but otherwise they will arrange to send him to Spain or arrange a meeting in a third country.
Pictures of Murtaza playing soccer near his home in eastern Ghazni province showed him wearing the plastic-bag jersey. He is reportedly a member of a poor family living in the Jaghori district.
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Arif Ahmadi, Murtaza’s father, said he and his family have only solar power and the boy has seen Messi on TV.
“He (Murtaza) asked me many times to buy a Messi shirt,” Arif Ahmadi said. “I couldn’t provide for him. Later, his brother made him this plastic shirt and posted his photo on Facebook.”
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