He went from wearing a Lionel Messi jersey made of a plastic bag to maybe meeting the real-life soccer star in person.
The search led them to the Jaghori district of Ghazni province in Afghanistan.
That's where 5-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi lives with his family. His family doesn't have the money for a jersey, so his brother made one out of a plastic bag. Murtaza is a huge fan of FC Barcelona/Argentina star Lionel Messi.
His father, Arif Ahmadi, told CNN, "When he suddenly wakes up in the middle of the night, he starts crying that he wants to go to Messi."
And now he might get that wish.
This is a popular unofficial Leo Messi fan account.
Looks like the little guy might get to meet his hero after all.
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