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Internet star Murtaza Ahmadi receives Argentina jersey signed by Lionel Messi from Barcelona FC

Published 25/02/2016

Afghan internet star Murtaza Ahmadi, who was famed for having a Messi shirt made out of a plastic bag has received a new Jersey signed by the footballer.

The young fan in a photograph that spread on social media has been identified as Murtaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old boy who lives in a Taliban-controlled area of Afghanistan.

Murtaza had no idea he had become an internet sensation after his elder brother, Homayoun, 15, posted the photographs on Facebook of him wearing the plastic bag.

Following an online campaign to make Messi aware of the child, the Afghanistan Football Federation has commented saying "Messi has been in communication with the federation to set up a meeting with the young boy".

However, for now the boy has received a signed Argentina shirt from the Barcelona star to replace his plastic bag.

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In this file photograph taken on February 1, 2016, Afghan boy five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, a young Lionel Messi fan, plays football in Kabul. Argentine football star Lionel Messi has sent not one, but two jerseys to the five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with "Messi" scrawled on it in marker pen. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai/FILESSHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images
In this file photograph taken on February 1, 2016, Afghan boy five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, a young Lionel Messi fan, plays football in Kabul. Argentine football star Lionel Messi has sent not one, but two jerseys to the five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with "Messi" scrawled on it in marker pen. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai/FILESSHAH MARAI/AFP/Getty Images
(FILES) In this file photograph taken on January 29, 2016, five-year-old Afghan child and Lionel Messi fan Murtaza Ahmadi wears a plastic bag jersey as he plays football in Jaghori district of Ghazni province. Argentine football star Lionel Messi has sent not one, but two jerseys to the five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with "Messi" scrawled on it in marker pen. AFP PHOTO/FILESSTR/AFP/Getty Images
This handout photograph taken and released on February 25, 2016 by UNICEF Afghanistan shows UNICEF Afghanistan representative Akhil Iyer giving five-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi a jersey sent to him by Argentine football star Lionel Messi. Argentine football star Lionel Messi has sent not one but two jerseys to the five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with "Messi" scrawled on it in marker. Murtaza Ahmadi travelled with his family from Taliban-infested eastern Ghazni province to Kabul to receive the gifts sent by Messi through UNICEF, where he is a goodwill ambassador. AFP PHOTO/UNICEF Afghanistan/Mahdy Mehraeen -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/UNICEF Afghanistan/Mahdy Mehraeen" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSMahdy Mehraeen/AFP/Getty Images
This handout photograph taken and released on February 25, 2016 by UNICEF Afghanistan shows five-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi playing football while wearing a jersey sent to him by Argentine football star Lionel Messi. Argentine football star Lionel Messi has sent not one but two jerseys to the five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with "Messi" scrawled on it in marker. Murtaza Ahmadi travelled with his family from Taliban-infested eastern Ghazni province to Kabul to receive the gifts sent by Messi through UNICEF, where he is a goodwill ambassador. AFP PHOTO/UNICEF Afghanistan/Mahdy Mehraeen -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/UNICEF Afghanistan/Mahdy Mehraeen" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSMahdy Mehraeen/AFP/Getty Images
This handout photograph taken and released on February 25, 2016 by UNICEF Afghanistan shows five-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi playing football while wearing a jersey sent to him by Argentine football star Lionel Messi. Argentine football star Lionel Messi has sent not one but two jerseys to the five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with "Messi" scrawled on it in marker. Murtaza Ahmadi travelled with his family from Taliban-infested eastern Ghazni province to Kabul to receive the gifts sent by Messi through UNICEF, where he is a goodwill ambassador. AFP PHOTO/UNICEF Afghanistan/Mahdy Mehraeen -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/UNICEF Afghanistan/Mahdy Mehraeen" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSMahdy Mehraeen/AFP/Getty Images
This handout photograph taken and released on February 25, 2016 by UNICEF Afghanistan shows five-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi poses with a football while wearing a jersey sent to him by Argentine football star Lionel Messi. Argentine football star Lionel Messi has sent not one but two jerseys to the five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with "Messi" scrawled on it in marker. Murtaza Ahmadi travelled with his family from Taliban-infested eastern Ghazni province to Kabul to receive the gifts sent by Messi through UNICEF, where he is a goodwill ambassador. AFP PHOTO/UNICEF Afghanistan/Mahdy Mehraeen -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/UNICEF Afghanistan/Mahdy Mehraeen" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSMahdy Mehraeen/AFP/Getty Images
This handout photograph taken and released on February 25, 2016 by UNICEF Afghanistan shows five-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi posing with a jersey sent to him by Argentine football star Lionel Messi. Argentine football star Lionel Messi has sent not one but two jerseys to the five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with "Messi" scrawled on it in marker. Murtaza Ahmadi travelled with his family from Taliban-infested eastern Ghazni province to Kabul to receive the gifts sent by Messi through UNICEF, where he is a goodwill ambassador. AFP PHOTO/UNICEF Afghanistan/Mahdy Mehraeen -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/UNICEF Afghanistan/Mahdy Mehraeen" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSMahdy Mehraeen/AFP/Getty Images
This handout photograph taken and released on February 25, 2016 by UNICEF Afghanistan shows UNICEF Afghanistan representative Akhil Iyer (L) playing football with five-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi wearing a jersey sent to him by Argentine football star Lionel Messi. Argentine football star Lionel Messi has sent not one but two jerseys to the five-year-old Afghan boy who became an Internet sensation last month when he was pictured wearing a plastic bag with "Messi" scrawled on it in marker. Murtaza Ahmadi travelled with his family from Taliban-infested eastern Ghazni province to Kabul to receive the gifts sent by Messi through UNICEF, where he is a goodwill ambassador. AFP PHOTO/UNICEF Afghanistan/Mahdy Mehraeen -----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/UNICEF Afghanistan/Mahdy Mehraeen" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSMahdy Mehraeen/AFP/Getty Images
In this provided by UNICEF, Murtaza Ahmadi, an Afghan Lionel Messi fan, shows a donated and signed shirt by Messi, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (Mahdy Mehraeen/UNICEF via AP)
In this provided by UNICEF, Murtaza Ahmadi, an Afghan Lionel Messi fan, wears a donated and signed shirt by Messi, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. (Mahdy Mehraeen/UNICEF via AP)

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