Boy with plastic jersey gets the real thing from Messi
Published Thursday, February 25, 2016 10:20AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, February 25, 2016 10:53AM EST
Lionel Messi's biggest Afghan fan won't have to resort to wearing a plastic bag for a jersey anymore.
Murtaza Ahmadi, 5, received a signed jersey from his soccer hero this week, through UNICEF.
The jersey is a signed version of the one Messi wears for Argentina in international soccer games. Messi is also a star on FC Barcelona in Spain.
Messi sent the jersey to Murtaza after a photo of the boy went viral earlier this year. The photo showed Murtaza wearing a plastic bag painted to look like Messi's Argentine uniform.
Murtaza's father said receiving the jersey was "one of the happiest moments" of his son's life.