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.

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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.”

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