Five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi delighted after Afghan Football Federation says Messi's management wants to arrange trip. - aljazeera.com

A young Afghan boy pictured wearing a makeshift Lionel Messi jersey made out of a plastic bag has said he is excited after the Barcelona star expressed an interest in meeting him.

Murtaza Ahmadi shot to Internet fame after photographs of him dressed in the blue-and-white top with Messi's name written on it went viral last month, prompting people to try and track him down.

"I love Messi and football. I will meet him one day," the five-year-old told Al Jazeera on Monday.

"I want to become like him (Messi)," added Ahmadi, who lives in the Jaghori district in the Afghan province of Ghazni.

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