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Updated: Afghan boy finally meets Messi as Barcelona thrash Al-Ahli (photos)

Updated: Afghan boy finally meets Messi as Barcelona thrash Al-Ahli (photos)

Murtaza Ahmadi, the six-year-old Afghan boy who became famous after wearing an homemade shirt bearing the name of Barcelona star Lionel Messi has finally met his hero.

The Barcelona star led the kid onto the pitch as the Spanish champions defeated Al-Ahli 5-3 in a friendly match played in Qatar on Tuesday night, December 13, 2016.

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi walking onto the pitch with Murtaza Ahmadi

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Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Murtaza Ahmadi

In January 2016, the photograph of Murtaza Ahmadi wearing a shirt which was made from a striped blue plastic bag went viral in which Argentine forward Lionel Messi responded by sending the boy a signed shirt.

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Ahmadi and Lionel Messi

According to Qatar's 2022 World Cup organizing committee, Lionel Messi and Ahmadi have met face to face in Doha and had a 'father-to-son' relationship with him.

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Murtaza Ahmadi wearing an homemade Lionel Messi jersey

It was explained that the 29-year-old star will walk out on the pitch with Murtaza Ahmadi in the match which he did.

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Murtaza wearing the signed jersey by Messi

Recall that Murtaza earlier received a signed Argentine jersey from the 5-time world footballer of the year.

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