Lionel Messi seeks to meet 'plastic jersey' Afghan boy

A 5 year-old Messi fan, who sparked a social media storm after he was photographed wearing a plastic bag jersey to resemble Barcelona football player Lionel Messi may get the chance to meet his idol.

Afghanistan Boy Murtaza Ahmadi could not get his hands on a real jersey, so  His elder brother Homayoun, 15, made him the blue-and-white-striped plastic shirt with Messi’s named scrawled in marker pen and posted the photos of Murtaza wearing it on Facebook in mid-January..

Now it appears Murtaza, who lives in the Afghan town of Jaghori, south-west of Kabul, could meet Messi, with reports the football star has been in communication with the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) to set up a meeting.“Messi has been in communication with the federation to set up a meeting with the young boy,” AFF spokesman Sayed Ali Kazemi told AFP.

“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.” There was no immediate comment from FC Barcelona.
"He kept crying for days asking for the shirt until his brother Hamayoun helped him make one from the plastic bag to make him happy."
Murtaza’s father, a poor farmer in Ghazni’s Jaghori district, admitted he could not afford to buy him a replica jersey, adding that Murtaza only had a punctured ball to play with.

Photos of the boy wearing the improvised Messi jersey — made from grocery bags discarded by their neighbour — has touched a chord with football fans around the world.

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