The young Afghan boy whose photograph went viral on social media recently has received the ultimate gift; a signed Lionel Messi shirt.

Murtaza Ahmadi, 5, was pictured in his makeshift Argentina shirt with hand-drawn ‘Messi 1o’ on the back, finally had the opportunity to wear the real thing after a worldwide campaign headed by Unicef.

The boy, from Jaghori, south-west of Kabul, had help from his brother to make the shirt before the famous image was tweeted around the world.



Ahmadi , 5, pictured in his home made shirt before it was tweeted around the world.

Rumours circled that the Barcelona superstar heard about the boy and wanted to help.

Thanks to Unicef and the power of the internet, Murtaza has finally been handed his gift.



Ahmadi has received the ultimate gift, from his ultimate hero, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.


Unicef, who helped organised the effort, tweeted: “Murtaza has the real thing now! #LeoMessiĀ helped make his dream come true & gave him signed jerseys & a football.”

This wonderful story shows just how powerful and brilliant social media can be.