The five-year-old Afghan boy who captured hearts all over the world in his Lionel Messi ‘bag shirt’ has finally met his hero.
Young Murtaza Ahmadi was an online sensation in January when a picture of him wearing a plastic bag with ‘Messi’ scrawled on the back was circulated.
The Barcelona superstar sent a signed Argentina shirt to the child earlier this year, but has now gone a step further and met his biggest fan.
While in Doha for a money-spinning friendly with Barca against Al Ahli, Messi posed for a picture with the youngster.
“The image the world wanted to see,” tweeted Qatar’s World Cup organising committee. “The six-year-old boy who dreamed of meeting his hero, #Messi, finally comes true.”
Ahmadi was forced to flee the eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan in May, travelling to Pakistan.
Messi was denied a sixth Ballon d’Or title on Monday evening when great rival Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned with his fourth title.
Watch Video of Ahmadi’s meeting with Lionel Messi below: