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Murtaza Finally Gets A Signed Messi Jersey

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A five-year-old Afghan boy who was captured last month wearing an improvised Lionel Messi jersey, made from plastic bags, has finally received the shirt of his dream.

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UNICEF confirmed on Thursday that Murtaza Ahmadi from Afghanistan had been sent a signed Argentina shirt by the World Player of the Year.

Murtaza captured the hearts of many after a photograph of him dressed in the blue-and-white top with Messi’s name written on it went viral in January.

A signed Argentina jersey and a football from the Argentine star, were delivered to the young boy in the central province of Ghazni by the UN children’s agency, UNICEF.
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“I love Messi and my shirt says Messi loves me,” Murtaza said upon receiving the 28-year-old’s gift.

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Messi sent more than one shirt and a signed football, according to UNICEF.

The boy’s father, Mohammad Arif Ahmadi, said: “A woman from UNICEF got in contact with us and told us a couple of days ago that Murtaza might be receiving a package from Messi.

“He is very happy to receive the gifts.”