Murtaza Ahmadi walks with Messi

Afghan Boy Meets Hero, Lionel Messi

Talk about an early Christmas present. A 6-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation after wearing a homemade shirt bearing Lionel Messi’s famous number 10, got to meet his hero. Murtaza Ahmadi was pictured wearing the shirt he made from a striped blue plastic bag last January and it went viral. The Barcelona soccer star sent the young boy an autographed soccer shirt. But things got much better for Ahmadi. According to Qatar’s 2022 World Cup organizing committee, the two met privately in Doha. Barcelona played in Qatar and Ahmadi received the thrill of a lifetime walking on the field with Messi.