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Heartwarming Meeting Between Lionel Messi and Young Fan Murtaza Ahmadi

The young fan pictured in a viral image of a homemade Messi jersey met his idol.

Barcelona FC v Al-Ahli Saudi FC Photo by AK BijuRaj/Getty Images

Remember Murtaza Ahmadi, the young fan from Afghanistan who fashioned a plastic bag into a Lionel Messi jersey?

The young boy captured hearts the world over with this viral image, and FC Barcelona sent him a real shirt.

Well, things got even better for him: he finally met his idol as Barcelona played a friendly in Qatar.

The lucky fan took pictures with Messi and even joined the Barcelona team during the coin toss, national anthems, team picture... he loved it so much, he didn’t want to leave the pitch! The referee had to intervene and carry the boy back to his family.

I think Luis Suárez shed a tear.