An Afghan boy who became an online hit after wearing a homemade shirt bearing Lionel Messi’s famous number 10 has finally met his hero.
A photograph of six-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi wearing the shirt made from a striped blue plastic bag went viral in January and ended with the boy receiving a signed shirt from the Barcelona striker.
But now the pair have come face to face in Doha, according to Qatar’s World Cup organising committee.
Barcelona are in Qatar to play a friendly against Al Ahli.
“The image the world wanted to see,” tweeted the Supreme Committee on Tuesday. “The six-year old boy who dreamed of meeting his hero, #Messi, finally comes true.”
Ahmadi, who comes from the Jaghori District, in the eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan, was forced to flee the country to Pakistan in May.