Photographs of five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi from Afghanistan wearing a makeshift Lionel Messi soccer jersey made out of a plastic bag went viral, and  Unicef was able to deliver an official jersey signed by the man himself.


Messi even agreed to meet the young boy, but those dreams were dashed when Murtaza and his family were reportedly forced to flee to Pakistan.

“A few days ago I got a call from a local gangster. He thought that since my son had received these T-shirts from Messi that maybe he also got money and asked for his share,” his father told the BBC in May.

But, after nearly a year, Murtaza finally got to meet his hero this morning while Barcelona are in Qatar to play a friendly against Al Ahli.

The caption reads: “The image the world wanted to see. The six-year old boy who dreamed of meeting his hero, #Messi, finally comes true.”