Murtaza Ahmadi, who lives in Afghanistan, had his dream come true when his football hero Argentinian Lionel Messi sent him a couple of his jerseys as well as a signed football. The 5-year-old got the attention of the Internet after pictures of him wearing a blue-and-white plastic bag with Messi's name on it went viral.
Ahmadi travelled with his family from his home in the eastern province of Ghazni to Kabul to receive the gifts from Messi through UNICEF. Earlier, Ahmadi's father Mohammad Arif had mentioned that though his son was crazy about Messi, the family was too poor to buy him an actual jersey. So his elder son Homayoun had designed a makeshift one for his younger brother out of a plastic bag.
AFP reported that UNICEF Afghanistan's spokesman Denise Shepherd-Johnson said, "Murtaza couldn't stop smiling. The boy kept saying: 'I love Messi, and my shirt says Messi loves me.'"