Lionel Messi is undoubtedly one of, if not the biggest sports star in the world. The 28-year-old sensation just finished up another year in which he dominated on the pitch, winning the FIFA Ballon d’Or Award for the fifth time in his career, thanks in part to spectacular goals like this one, and this one.
Messi is so popular around the world that even when young children can’t afford to buy his jersey, they will find whatever ways they can to rep their favorite player. This was the case with five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi from Jaghori, Afghanistan, who went viral when a picture of him wearing a hand-made plastic bag Messi jersey hit the web last month.
When Murtaza’s father told him that their family was too poor to afford the real Messi jersey he wanted, he took it upon himself to create one of his own. With the help of his brother Hamayon, Murtaza made the jersey out of a plastic bag and became local celebrity in his village when the picture picked up steam online.
When Messi’s camp found out about Murtaza, they wanted to find a way for the two to meet, and now, thanks to arrangements being set up by the Afghanistan Football Federation, Murtaza will finally get the chance to meet his idol in the near future.
As cool as that plastic bag jersey is, something tells me Murtaza might be getting the real thing when he gets to see the Barcelona star in person.