A Lionel Messi jersey in plastic made Murtaza Ahmadi known all over the world.
When the six-year-old finally got to meet his idol, he would not leave Messi again and had to be carried off the pitch.
Pictures of the Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi, then five years old, spread like wildfire across the world via social media at the beginning of the year after he was photographed in a Messi-shirt made of a plastic bag. When the image of the boy and the blue-striped plastic bag with the number ten on his back went viral, even Lionel Messi helped in the search of the boy, and he was found.
The meeting between the two took place in Qatar, where Barcelona played a friendly against Saudi Al Ahli on Tuesday evening.
Murtaza Ahmadi met with his idol and was photographed with the Spanish top team before he was then allowed to deliver the match ball to the kick-off mark on the field.
But the boy was not exactly done. When the referee tried to direct him off the pitch, he instead ran towards Messi again.
Although the Argentine player tried to point in the direction of the player's tunnel, the attempt was futile.
While Luis Suarez and Messi could not stop laughing, the referee had to carry a seemingly overjoyed Murtaza from the football field.
- I love Messi, he plays well. It was my brother who made the shirt and I liked it a lot. I want to be like Messi when I grow up, said Murtaza, according to the AFP earlier this year.
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