Murtaza Ahmadi, 5 year-old Afghan football fanatic who was photographed wearing a homemade Argentina number 10 shirt, early this year has finally met his hero Barcelona maestro Leo Messi in Doha, in a heart-warming encounter.
The young boy was invited to the game by the Qatari hosts in a game between Saudi side Al-Ahli and Barça, and Murtaza had the once in a life time opportunity to meet Messi in person at a ‘Meet&Greet’ event at the team’s hotel.
Early this year a picture of the football crazy boy donning a plastic bag, resembling Messi’s Argentinian football jersey went viral and Murtaza eventually received an original and autographed Messi shirt.
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), facilitated the gift from the world’s best footballer and Ahmadi received two autographed shirts and a signed soccer ball.
Meeting Messi was just the beginning of an undoubtedly unforgettable day for the boy. According to Barcelona, the best was still to come for the Afghan boy as he was presented with a remarkable memory to cherish, accompanying Messi and his team mates out on to the field at the Al-Gharrafa Stadium.
“Murtaza squeezed the Barça number 10’s hand tight as the teams emerged from the tunnel and after having his photo taken with his idols, in a touching scene, the youngster showed himself to be reluctant to the leave the side of his hero, much to the delight of the Barça players. In the end he had to be scooped up and escorted off the field by a smiling referee,” Barcelona website reported.
Dubbed “Messi’s biggest fan,” Murtaza has dreams of becoming a famous footballer. We certainly hope meeting one of the game’s global icons will inspire the young boy to chase his dream.