Lionel Messi Barcelona star finally meets Murtaza

The Barcelona star has finally met the five-year-old in Doha, according to Qatar's 2022 World Cup organising committee.

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Barcelona's Lionel Messi (centre) holds six-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi ahead of a friendly match against Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli play Murtaza Ahmadi meets his idol Lionel Messi (Qatar?s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy/AFP)
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Lionel Messi has finally met a young fan, Murtaza Ahmadi who became popular after he wore a homemade shirt of the Barcelona star.

Murtaza from Afghanistan became a social sensation after a picture of him wearing a makeshift Argentina shirt with 'Messi' on the back in January 2016.

Murtaza Ahmadi play Murtaza Ahmadi became popular after this photo of him in a makeshift 'Messi' jersey hit the Internet (Road to 22)

 

Afterwards, Messi sent an autographed shirts and a football along with a personal message for the youngster.

The Barcelona star has finally met the five-year-old in Doha, according to Qatar's 2022 World Cup organising committee.

Messi is in Qatar with his Barcelona teammates for a friendly against Al Ahli on Tuesday, December 13.

Lionel Messi and Murtaza Ahmadi play Murtaza Ahmadi and Messi met in Doha (Road to 2022)

 

According to the committee, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and Murtaza will walk out on to the pitch.

"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 and his father were forced to flee Afghanistan to Pakistan in May as a result of the war.

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