Afghan Boy gets shirt no 10 of Messi

WEB DESK: Murtaza Ahmadi, a five year old boy, who became the internet star after his pictures gone viral in which he dressed in the blue and white striped plastic shirt with Messi’s name on the back.

He was seen wearing jersey of Barcelona’s footballer Messi. It is not clear how Murtaza got this jersey or from whom.

Jorge Messi, Lionel’s father, told AFP on Saturday that the footballer was aware of the photos that made waves on social media and “wants to do something” for his young fan.

The Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) on Monday said Messi was keen to meet Murtaza as soon as possible, though no date or venue has so far been finalised.

“Messi has been in communication with the federation to set up a meeting with the young boy,” AFF spokesman Sayed Ali Kazemi told AFP.

The Spanish embassy in Kabul told AFP it would do whatever possible to facilitate a meeting in a European destination.