News - Afghanistan
Murtaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old Afghan boy's biggest dream came true after receiving a signed shirt from Lionel Messi, UNICEF Afghanistan said in a post on Facebook on Thursday.
"Murtaza realized one of his biggest dreams today! He received a team jersey and an autographed football with a personal message from UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lionel Messi," according to UNICEF.
"I love Messi and my shirt says Messi loves me," Murtaza told UNICEF.
"The right to play and practice sports promotes the well-being of all children, especially the most vulnerable trapped in emergencies around the world," it said.
Murtaza, who lives in Jaghori district of central Ghazni province made a football T-shirt like Lionel Messi's out of a blue and white striped plastic bag and his wish is to become like him.
After pictures of Murtaza wearing the blue and white plastic bag went viral on social media organization's tried to help the boy meet his hero.
Murtaza's brother Homayoun was the one who made the improvised shirt - that perfectly fit the little boy - and scribbled Messi's name and the No 10 in it.
The boy's father said at first he was unhappy about the fuss made after a photograph of the boy in the T-shirt went viral on social media platforms around the world. But he said he is happy now.