Afghan boy will not be meeting Barcelona idol

It looks as though Murtaza Ahmadi will have to make do with signed shirts after Lionel Messi’s charity dashed his dreams of meeting the forward in person

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Despite capturing the hearts of many earlier this year, it looks as though Murtaza Ahmadi will not be meeting with his idol Lionel Messi after all.

The Afghan youngster’s story went global when he was pictured with a homemade Argentina shirt made from a plastic bag, but although he’s already received a signed shirt from the Barcelona star his dreams won’t be going that one step further.

Daily Mail report that the Leo Messi Foundation have opted against flying the boy and his family to Spain, despite Ahmadi’s uncle confirming that a meeting was to go ahead.

“The meeting is not taking place,” a source at the Foundation confirmed.

“We get thousands of requests from children all over the world and the truth is that we cannot cover them all. We’d like to but it’s impossible.”

In February five-year-old Murtaza was delivered two shirts by UNICEF personally signed by Messi, telling reporters at the event of his excitement to finally meet the Argentine in the flesh.


When asked to elaborate further, the Foundation could only explain that ‘many bad and ugly situations’ stood in the way of a meeting.

La Liga table toppers Barcelona will play Getafe on Saturday afternoon with Messi looking to add to the seven goals he’s scored over the last four matches.



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