Last February, the Internet worked its magic and a photo of 5-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi wearing a shirt of his idol he had made himself out of a plastic bag went viral.
After catching wind of this, the Argentine footballer sent the young fan two shirts – one from F.C Barcelona and the other the Argentinian national team – both autographed, along with a ball. “I love Messi and the shirts say he loves me,” said Murtaza.
However, it didn’t end there. Messi and the Afghan Football Federation had in fact been liaising in order to sort something out for the young fan and, fulfilling a 5-year-old’s dreams, it was organised for Murtaza to walk out onto the field with Messi when Barcelona played a friendly match against Al Ahli SC on Tuesday in Doha, Qatar.
Before the match, Messi posed with his number one fan for photos in the dressing room; holding up the young boy who was wearing the Barcelona shirt he’d been given. Murtaza then accompanied Messi onto the pitch and for the majority of the time clung to his legs, clearly over the moon to be next to his idol.
No you’re crying.