After This Afghan Boy Made His Idol’s Soccer Shirt From A Plastic Bag, His Wildest Dreams Came True

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Image: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Murtaza begged his father Arif to buy him a soccer jersey with Messi’s name on the back. But as an impoverished farmer in rural Afghanistan, Arif could not afford the high cost of an official shirt.

Image: STR/AFP/Getty Images
Image: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Touchingly, though, the family improvised. Murtaza’s brother found a blue-and-white carrier bag that bore a resemblance to the Argentina team’s uniform. Then, he fashioned a homemade shirt from it. Using a marker pen, he wrote Messi’s name and squad number on the back.

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Image: STR/AFP/Getty Images
Image: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Murtaza’s older brother Hamayon snapped a photo of the boy in his new shirt and uploaded it to Facebook. Soon, the image went viral. However, because the photo only showed Murtaza from behind, a global hunt for the boy in the picture began.

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