Lionel Messi to Give 'Plastic Bag Boy' Signed Shirt

The Afghan Football Federation yesterday confirmed that 'plastic bag boy' Ahmadi will get a chance to meet his football hero Lionel Messi. Murtaza Ahmadi became famous in the Internet after photographs of him dressed in a white and blue top with Messi's name written on it went viral last month.

Lionel Messi to Meet Afghan Fan

Photo of the boy wearing the Messi shirt made from a plastic bag.

The Afghan Football Federation not only announced that Messi will meet the young Afghan fan, they also disclosed some more details.

"We've been contacted by Messi's management team and they have expressed their interest in meeting the boy," AFF spokesman, Syed Ali Kazemi, told Al Jazeera.

"We are doing our best to coordinate their meeting. The date and the venue is still not confirmed yet, but there are chances of Ahmadi flying to Spain to meet his idol (Messi). Kazemi added that "the passion that Murtaza carries for football, we will do everything in our capacity to train him to be a part of our Afghanistan football team".

The 5-year old Afghan fan, who lives in the Jaghori district in the Afghan province of Ghazni, also got a chance to speak: "I love Messi and football. I will meet him one day," the five-year-old told Al Jazeera on Monday. "I want to become like him".