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Messi To Meet His Littlest Superfan From Afghanistan

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Proving himself to be a great sport–literally– Lionel Messi is preparing to meet the Afghan boy who became an online sensation after a heartbreaking series of photographs went viral, showing him playing in a shirt made out of a blue-and-white striped plastic bag and bearing the name and player number of his football hero.

Five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, from a poor family in the Jaghori district in the central province of Ghazni, became viral on the Internet after the pictures were shared on Facebook and other social media sites.

Unable to get a real Messi shirt, Murtaza’s brother had rigged him up a plastic bag in the light blue and white colours of the Argentinian national team, with “Messi” and the number “10” written on it in marker pen.

The pictures were shared around the world and the Afghan Football Federation said on its website on Monday it was in contact with representatives of Messi and would arrange for Murtaza to meet the player soon.

 

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