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Lionel Messi sends real Argentina football kit to Afghan boy with homemade strip

The father of a five-year-old Afghan boy who received autographed shirts from Lionel Messi has said they are eager to travel to Spain to meet the football star.

Murtaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old Afghan Lionel Messi fan poses for photograph, as he wears a donated shirt signed by Messi, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Murtaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old Afghan Lionel Messi fan poses for photograph, as he wears a donated shirt signed by Messi, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Image by (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Mohammad Arif Ahmadi, the father of Murtaza Ahmadi, who was pictured wearing a homemade Argentina shirt with No 10 on the back, said they want to thank Barcelona star Messi, a Unicef goodwill ambassador, in person.

Martaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old Afghan Lionel Messi fan with his homemade strip.
Martaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old Afghan Lionel Messi fan with his homemade strip. Image by (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Murtaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old Afghan Lionel Messi fan plays with a soccer ball during a photo opportunity as he wears a shirt signed by Messi, in Kabul, Afghanistan
Murtaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old Afghan Lionel Messi fan plays with a soccer ball during a photo opportunity as he wears a shirt signed by Messi, in Kabul, Afghanistan Image by (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Afghan football federation spokesman Ali Kazimi said it has prepared passports for the boy, his father and uncle to travel to Spain. He said it is waiting for a response about a meeting.

Murtaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old Afghan Lionel Messi fan poses for photograph, as he wears a shirt signed by Messi.
Murtaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old Afghan Lionel Messi fan poses for photograph, as he wears a shirt signed by Messi. Image by (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Murtaza was photographed wearing Messi’s signed Argentina shirt at Unicef’s office in Kabul.

(Press Association)