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Messi to meet Afghan famed for plastic bag shirt

Five-year-old Murtaza became an unlikely internet sensation after the pictures were shared on Facebook.

This photograph taken on 24 January, 2016 and provided by the family of Afghan boy and Lionel Messi fan Murtaza Ahmadi, 5, with his plastic bag jersey in Jaghori district of Ghazni province. Picture: AFP.

KABUL - Barcelona star Lionel Messi will meet an Afghan boy who gained Internet fame after a touching series of photographs went viral, showing him playing in a shirt improvised from a plastic bag and bearing the name and playing number of his hero.

Afghanistan Football Federation has confirmed that Messi will met his 5 year old fan Murtaza at Camp Nou. pic.twitter.com/zeOXsiaU1X

Five year-old Murtaza, from a poor family in the Jaghori district in the central province of Ghazni, became an unlikely Internet sensation after the pictures were shared on Facebook and other social media sites.

Unable to get a real Messi shirt, Murtaza's brother had rigged him up a plastic bag in the light blue and white colors of the Argentinian national team, with "Messi" and the number "10" written on it in marker pen.

The pictures were shared around the world and the Afghan Football Federation said on its website on Monday it was in contact with representatives of Messi and would arrange for Murtaza to meet the player soon.

Last month, Messi won the Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player for the fifth time.