The 5-year-old Afghan boy who made himself a plastic bag Lionel Messi jersey will meet his idol

Two weeks ago Murtaza Ahmadi was living in rural Afghanistan and wearing a Lionel Messi shirt made from a grocery bag. Now, after a brush with viral fame, he’s headed to Spain to meet his idol.

Reuters reports that the dates for Murtaza’s trip will be pinned down in the coming days, and his expenses will be paid by an Afghan telecommunications company.

Story by Tony Manfred and editing by Chelsea Pineda

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