- The Afghan boy in viral photo finally receives an authentic Lionel Messi shirt
- The Barcelona forward sends the package which contains two shirts and a football
- Lionel Messi himself signed all the gifts
MANILA, Phillipines – The Afghan boy who became an internet sensation after his photograph wearing a homemade jersey fashioned out of a plastic bag finally got one of his wishes – to wear a real Lionel Messi shirt.
And it was not just like any Messi shirt; it was signed by the Barcelona star forward himself and he got two of them.
Five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, whose family lives in an impoverished and remote village of Jaghori in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, became the subject of a worldwide campaign to track him down after his photo went viral online.
Murtaza’s brother actually made the improvised shirt for the boy who has been wanting to have a Messi jersey while playing football; but his family could not afford to buy him a replica. The brother took a picture of Murtaza wearing the famous plastic jersey and uploaded a copy on Facebook.
“He stopped crying after wearing that plastic bag shirt,” his father, Arif Ahmadi, earlier told the media.