Lionel Messi finally meets his biggest fan - young Afghan Murtaza Ahmadi

Updated: Dec 16, 2016, 10:33 IST | AFP |

The Afghan boy who became an internet sensation after pictures of him wearing an improvised Lionel Messi football shirt went viral finally got to meet his superstar idol yesterday

Lionel Messi (centre) holds six-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi in Doha yesterday, upon the team's arrival to play a friendly match against Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli. Pic/AFP
Lionel Messi (centre) holds six-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi in Doha yesterday, upon the team's arrival to play a friendly match against Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli. Pic/AFP

Doha: The Afghan boy who became an internet sensation after pictures of him wearing an improvised Lionel Messi football shirt went viral finally got to meet his superstar idol yesterday.

Murtaza Ahmadi met the Barcelona forward in Doha, where the Spanish league champions are due to play a friendly match against Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli later.

Six-year-old Murtaza, from the rural Ghazni province southwest of Kabul, is also due to walk out onto the pitch with the Argentine at Doha's Al-Gharrafa Stadium.

A delighted Murtaza said: "I'm very happy to have met my hero. It is a dream for me," according to a statement released by Qatar's Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, the committee overseeing the 2022 tournament.

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