We all remember five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, the Afghan boy who turned a white and blue-striped plastic bag into a Lionel Messi jersey and subequently went viral.
— OAS FCU (@OASFCU) February 1, 2016
Well, Messi found out about young Murtaza and got together with UNICEF. As a result, the youngster now has a real Messi Argentina jersey as well as a new soccer ball, and both are signed too!
— UNICEF Afghanistan (@UNICEFAfg) February 25, 2016
It just goes to show that love or hate Messi, who currently stars for La Liga’s FC Barcelona as well as the Argentinian national team, the fact that he participated in such a level of fan and community outreach, especially in the third world, is a testament to his character. That said, one can go on and on about how much they hate Barcelona, how one-sided Messi seems to be, how the only reason he’s as good as he is is because Barcelona makes him the go-to guy, but one thing is still always going to be true.
Murtaza Ahmadi’s day was made because of Messi, and nobody can take that away from the man.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports