Murtaza Ahmadi, a 5-year-old soccer fan and child of a poor farming family living in Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni province, was recently photographed playing soccer in a makeshift Lionel Messi soccer jersey made by his 15-year-old brother. The heartwarming photo went viral, capturing the attention of the world, and apparently his hero. According to BBC, Ahmandi received the real thing in the mail from none other than Messi himself. In a Facebook post on Thursday, UNICEF Afghanistan wrote that Murtaza “realized one of his biggest dreams” when he received the jersey and an autographed soccer ball from Messi, who is a five-time winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or and a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. “I love Messi and my shirt says Messi loves me,” said Murtaza as the world grabbed a tissue because of too many feels.
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