Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi can stop wearing homemade Lionel Messi shirts made with plastic bags -- because the Argentine great has sent him an original jersey after pictures of Ahmadi went viral a couple of months ago.

Source: b'Goal! Murtaza can ditch his plastic shirt for the real one now. Facebook'

Messi's management team confirmed on February 25 that Murtaza had been sent a signed shirt by the five time world player of the year -- right to his home in Jaghori district in the eastern Ghazni province of Afghanistan. 

"I love Messi and my shirt says Messi loves me," Murtaza was quoted as saying in a BBC report.

Murtaza's picture of him wearing a striped plastic bag (light blue - Argentina colours) with Messi scribbled at the back attracted a lot of interest on social media, and it was first thought that he was as Iraqi Kurd, before he was finally tracked down via his uncle in Australia.

Source: b'Murtaza in action, wearing the real jersey. Facebook'

Murtaza's father, who is a farmer, confirmed that it was his son in the picture and Messi's team got in touch with him soon after. The Barcelona star is also a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), which helped him reach out.

Some extra shirts were also sent by Messi, the BBC report adds -- as Messi continues to spread joy not just on the field, but off it as well.

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