Goal! Afghan boy gets autographed Messi T-shirt to replace old ‘plastic bag’ onehttps://indianexpress.com/article/trending/trending-globally/lionel-messi-afghan-boy-tshirt/

Goal! Afghan boy gets autographed Messi T-shirt to replace old ‘plastic bag’ one

The boy's picture went viral in mid-January and a social media campaign was launched to identify who he was.

Murtaza Ahmadi received a signed jersey from Lionel Messi/ Fcaebook: UNICEF Afghanistan
Murtaza Ahmadi received a signed jersey from Lionel Messi/ Facebook: UNICEF Afghanistan

Remember the boy who wore a Lionel Messi T-shirt made from a blue-striped plastic bag? Later identified as five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi from Afghanistan, the little kid has now been gifted a Messi-autographed Argentina shirt and a football by the Argentine footballer himself.

According to BBC, Messi’s management team sent these gifts to the boy after his photos went viral. Ecstatic at receiving the gift, Ahmadi said, “I love Messi and my shirt says Messi loves me.”

The boy’s picture went viral in mid-January and a social media campaign was launched to identify who he was. After a lot of fake claims, his identity was revealed by Robin Hirori, a football fan from Sweden which lead to many wanting to gift him a Messi T-shirt. Later, the kid was invited to play by the Afghan Football Federation Stadium in Kabul who had also planned to set up a meeting between the sports star and his fan.

Source: Facebook/ UNICEF Afghanistan
Source: Facebook/ UNICEF Afghanistan

We don’t know when that’s going to happen, but Messi, who is also a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef), reportedly sent a couple of T-shirts along with the one for Ahmadi for other kids in the family.

Unicef, who helped Messi to send the T-shirts posted on Facebook, “Murtaza realized one of his biggest dreams today! He received team jerseys and an autographed football with a personal message from Leo Messi.”