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Messi replaces Murtaza's plastic jersey with the real thing

The Barcelona star's generosity consists of more than just providing his teammates with assists as he showed by sending a signed Argentina shirt to his biggest Afghani fan.

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Messi replaces Murtaza's plastic jersey with the real thing
MAHDY MEHRAEEN EFE

Unicef posted a picture on Facebook of a delighted Murtaza Ahmadi wearing his brand new Argentina jersey signed by Lionel Messi. The photo shows the young Afghan boy in what will now surely be his most cherished item of clothing with his arms outstretched in imitation of his La Liga hero.

"I love Messi and my shirt says Messi loves me".

Murtaza shot to fame when a picture of him dressed in a makeshift striped plastic bag jersey with the Argentina number 10's name and number scrawled on the back with blue marker went viral.

There might be even more in store for the chuffed five-year-old. At the beginning of February the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) said they had received a request from Messi, who is also a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, and Barcelona to organise a meeting with the young fan.

Today Murtaza Ahmadi can proudly show off new signed jerseys and a football he received from UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador...

Posted by UNICEF on Thursday, 25 February 2016