Lionel Messi meets Afghan youngster Murtaza Ahmadi

Watch the moment Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi meets and walks out the tunnel with his hero Lionel Messi. Video courtesy of Barcelona's official Twitter account.

Six-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi met his hero Lionel Messi on Tuesday - and walked out on to the pitch with him before Barcelona's friendly in Qatar.

The youngster became an internet star earlier this year when photographs of him wearing a blue-and-white striped plastic carrier bag with Messi's name and number scribbled on the back were posted online.

Murtaza Ahmadi, 5, with his plastic bag jersey
Image: Murtaza Ahmadi with his plastic bag jersey

Messi responded by sending Murtaza a real Argentina shirt - but things got even more exciting for the Afghan boy this week when he finally got to meet his hero.

Barcelona travelled to Doha to play a friendly against Al Ahli on Tuesday and Messi greeted the youngster before the game.

Lionel Messi holds the hands of Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi on the pitch before a friendly
Image: Lionel Messi holds the hands of Ahmadi on the pitch before a friendly

Murtaza was invited to walk onto the pitch with his hero and was filmed hugging the Barca captain in the tunnel before the match.

He also took part in the team photograph and placed the ball on the centre spot before kick-off.

Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi poses for a picture with the FC Barcelona team
Image: Ahmadi poses for a picture with the Barcelona team

The official Barcelona Twitter account posted a film of his experience on Tuesday evening, alongside the message: "Dreams come true. The heart-warming meeting of Murtaza Ahmadi and Messi in Qatar."

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Murtaza also got to see Messi score as Barcelona beat Saudi Arabian side Al Ahli in a 5-3 thriller.

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