MURTAZA Ahmady meeting his hero Lionel Messi was the best story to unfold on the sidelines of Barcelona vs Al Ahli match.
Images of the six-year-old Afghan boy wearing a shirt made from a plastic carry bag in Argentinian national team colours with Messi’s name written on its back had gone viral on social media earlier this year.
Messi had presented Murtaza with an autographed jersey and football, and was looking for an opportunity to meet him.
And Doha hosted their meeting. At the team hotel last Monday, Messi embraced Murtaza, who was the Barca No.10’s player escort for the match. He also carried the ball to the kick-off spot.
“I’m happy to have met my hero. It’s a dream for me,” Murtaza told www.sc.qa.