A young Afghan boy, who captured hearts around the world when a picture of him wearing a makeshift Lionel Messi jersey went viral, could be about to meet his football idol.
Five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi was snapped wearing a blue and white shopping bag with the Ballon d’Or winner’s name scrawled on the back.
The boy’s family could not afford to give him a real replica shirt of the Barcelona and Argentina superstar, but he was apparently delighted with his homemade version.
Here's the real kid. His name is Homayoon and he lives in Ghazni province of Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/WlUzziwFlO
— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) January 26, 2016
However, the five year old and his relatives could be flown to Spain for the meeting.
“We are working to see whether Messi will come to Afghanistan or the five year old will travel to Spain or they will meet in a third country,” the Afghanistan Football Federation said.