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A lucky day for the little Messi fan

Always hold on to your dreams because dreams really do come true. If you still don’t believe this quote, then you probably haven’t heard of the Afghan boy who once wore a plastic bag jersey of Lionel Messi, is now finally got the chance to meet his idol. You must have remembered the little afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi gained fame in February 2016 after pictures of him wearing ‘plastic bag’ Messi jersey went viral on the internet.

The five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, who touched millions of hearts in his Lionel Messi shirt, was chased down with the help of social media and so finally met his icon in Doha. This little boy made DIY Lionel Messi’s jersey out of a blue-and-white-striped plastic bag and wrote ‘10” over it with a marker.

Murtaza Ahmadi exclusively traveled from Afghanistan to Qatar to meet his superstar, Lionel Messi, where Barcelona was all set to play a friendly match against Al-Ahli. Messi met his little lover who was wearing a Barcelona jersey, in a World Cup 2022 organizing committee’s meeting.  Argentinean forward is seen smiling where he held hands with Murtaza, put him on shoulders and posed for pictures.

"The image the world wanted to see," Road to 2022, the organizing committee of world cup 2022 tweeted, "The six-year-old boy who dreamed of meeting his hero, #Messi, finally comes true."

 

The scenes from Doha have absolutely cherished everyone when Murtaza walked on the field with Messi and other teammates before match and Murtaza didn’t let Messi go. Murtaza was also feeling like a superstar, he said it was his dream and he is very happy meeting his hero. 

 

When Murtaza became an internet sensation, Messi had sent a signed jersey of Argentina to Murtaza as he didn’t have time to meet him but now he called him over and fulfilled Murtaza’s biggest dream of life.

The sad part is, just after Murtaza got the public eye, his father started receiving pressure from unidentified people. This made him leave Afghanistan and migrate to Pakistan to save the life of his family.

Murtaza's father, Mohammad Arif Ahmadi, said in May that he was pressurized to go away from Afghanistan through regular threats that Murtaza would be kidnapped since he is not a common kid now. He further added that we are shifted to Quetta because life became a misery for us. He is optimistic to see Murtaza as Lionel Messi of Afghanistan.

Little Murtaza showed 'When there is a will there is a way'. I am sure there are much more kids in the world who are worthy of the same. So, the message sticks to your dreams they do come true sooner or later.

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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