TOPSHOT - (COMBO) This combination of pictures created on December 14, 2016 in Paris shows then five-year-old Afghan boy and Lionel Messi fan Murtaza Ahmadi posing with his plastic bag jersey in Jaghori district of Ghazni province in a photograph provided by the boy's family and taken on January 24, 2016 (L), and FC Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi talking to Murtaza Ahmadi on the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC on December 13, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. Murtaza Ahmadi, the Afghan boy who became an internet sensation after pictures of him wearing an improvised Lionel Messi football shirt went viral, finally got to meet his superstar idol on December 13, 2016. Murtaza Ahmadi met the Barcelona forward in Doha, where the Spanish league champions played a friendly match against Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli later. Six-year-old Murtaza, from the rural Ghazni province southwest of Kabul, walked out onto the pitch as a mascot hand-in-hand with the Argentinian at the start of the match at Doha's Al-Gharrafa stadium. / AFP / STR AND Karim JAAFAR (Photo credit should read STR,KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)

This little fella from a rural Afghanistan village did not miss his opportunity to “seize the day!” When he miraculously was able to meet his soccer hero, Lionel Messi the Argentinian superstar, he just didn’t want to let him go!


6-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi loved Messi and longed for a jersey with his name on it. His father declined. “I told him that we were living in a poor village far from the city and it was impossible for me to get him the shirt,” Arif Ahmadi said.


This photograph taken on January 24, 2016 and provided by the family of Afghan boy and Lionel Messi fan Murtaza Ahmadi, 5, shows him wearing a plastic bag jersey in Jaghori district of Ghazni province. A five-year-old Afghan boy has become an internet star after pictures went viral of him wearing an Argentina football shirt made out of a plastic bag, complete with his hero Lionel Messi's name. AFP PHOTO / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

That’s when Murtaza’s teenage brother, Hamayon, stepped up. He made his little brother a Messi jersey made from a plastic bag. And then Hamayon posted a picture of his happy little brother online. Well, long story short. . .the photo went viral!

It prompted UNICEF to send Murtaza a real, signed Jersey from his hero. After receiving the jersey the little boy said, “I love Messi and my shirt says Messi loves me.”

Then on this past Tuesday, Murtaza was invited to meet his hero at a game in Doha, Qatar. After they met on the sidelines, Murtaza followed Messi out onto the field. He just didn’t want to leave his hero, so he seized the day. Eventually a referee carried the smiling little one off of the field.

Football Soccer - Barcelona v Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli - International Friendly Match - Doha, Qatar - 13/12/16 Lionel Messi (L) and Barcelona's team pose for photographs with six-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi before the match. REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari

You can see the highlights on the video below. You may not recognize the language, but you can not miss the sight of a little boy hanging on to one of his goals!