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On Monday, the Afghan Football Federation (AFF) said in contact with Lionel Messi to organize a meeting between the star of Barca and Murtaza, an Afghan fan of 5 years who became famous for his jersey tinkered in a plastic bag.
“We have had preliminary contacts with the star of FC Barcelona, but we do not know where and when the meeting will be,” said Sayed Ali Kazemi, the spokesman of the Federation, told AFP.
Murtaza Ahmadi, 5 years old, has given emotions to internet users and to Lionel Messi himself when his photos appeared in mid-January on Facebook showing him smiling, wrapped in a white and blue plastic bag turned into “jersey” football on which his elder brother wrote”Messi” and “10”, the favorite number of the Barça and the Argentine national player.
AFF plans to send the boy and his father in Spain or “bring” Lionel Messi in Afghanistan. The second option, however, seems unlikely given the instability plaguing the country, torn by an old conflict for over 35 years. Murtaza lives in Ghazni province of central Afghanistan where Taliban rebels clash with security forces as part of a big offensive launched last year.
Contacted by AFP, the Spanish Embassy in Kabul said she was “ready to help” Murtaza and his father to get a visa to travel to Barcelona, but the Federation has not taken any steps in this direction .
Saturday, Jorge Messi, the star’s father, had told AFP that his son was “aware” of the story of Murtaza and wanted to “make a move”, without elaborating.
Here’s a small clip of the young “Messi”:
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