Murtaza and his idol walk into the pitch

Whoever said dreams are valid had Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi in mind. The six-year old boy triggered online excitement when a photo of him wearing a blu and white stripped plastic bag with ‘Messi 10’ scrawled on his back went viral early this year.

Murtaza Ahmadi
Murtaza Ahmadi

A month later he received Argentina and Barcelona jerseys and a ball from his idol, Lionel Messi.

Posing with the gifts
Posing with the gifts

However, the epitome of his dream was meeting the man face to face in a friendly football match played in Qatar between the Spanish giants and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli.