Messi to pay medical bills of 12-year-old

May 14, 2012, 08:58 IST | Agencies

A 12-year-old diagnosed with the same condition previously suffered by Lionel Messi will be treated for by the Barcelona attacker after the 24-year-old vowed to pay for the child's medical bills.

Waleed Kashash, who was diagnosed with growth hormone deficiency (GHD), had dreamt of beating the disorder to make the grade as a footballer, but the cost of his treatment threatened to destroy his hopes.

Lionel Messi

However, a woman named Soad al-Affani decided to notify Messi of the youngsters’ illness, to which the Argentine replied by stating that he would cover his costs of 3000 dirham (£167) every 15 days until he becomes 18.

Messi then took a photo of himself holding Waleed’s T-shirt and wrote a message for him to be strong and with all of his love.

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