In the bag... Afghan boy and Messi superfan finally scores the real deal

Murtaza Ahmadi made headlines worldwide for styling a plastic shopping bag as the Argentina national strip

Murtaza Ahmadi, Messi, Afghanistan, Barcelona, UNICEF

Murtaza Ahmadi in his new signed jersey [Twitter/UNICEFAfg]

Murtaza Ahmadi, the five-year-old Afghan boy who became a social media darling after he was snapped wearing a blue-and-white striped shopping bag as a Lionel Messi jersey, has finally received the real thing – signed by the Argentinian player himself.

The young boy captured the hearts of the world when the image of him playing football in the plastic bag was widely shared around the world, event catching the eye of the Barcelona footballer.

On the right, the image of Murtaza Ahmadi that captured the attention of the world [Twitter/joynaw5]

With the help of UNICEF, the football fan will now no longer have to pull on a discarded plastic shopping bag when taking to the pitch, as the Tweet below reveals he has received the signed Messi international strip.

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