Barcelona took on Saudi League Champions Al-Ahli in an international friendly match tagged(Match of the Champions)fortunately the six-year-old boy help provided the lasting memories.
Murtaza Ahmady a refugee boy from Afghanistan was a social media sensation earlier this year when his image went viral, the boy wearing the famous Argentina’s traditional blue and white striped plastic bag with ‘Messi ‘ labelled on the back.
The young Murtaza’s dream becomes reality as he was invited to Doha (Qatar(on Tuesday to attend the match between Saudi’s league champion and Barcelona and in the team hotel, where he was finally able to meet with his idol.
The lucky refugee was really fortunate after he was appointed to be Messi’s personal mascot to escort the team as they walk out for the game,he spent minutes in the tunnel getting soft cuddling from his idol and his arm wrapped around Messi and he was also given the liberty to place the official match ball on the spot before he runs to meet Messi once again.
Joy and happiness run all over the six-year-old, smiling Murtaza had to be carried off the pitch by the referee to enable the match to start in time.
Speaking with sc.qa, Murtaza said “I’m very happy to have met my hero. It is a dream for me. I can’t wait to see Messi at the game, it will be the first time for me in the stadium.”
SC spokesperson said: “It was inspirational to meet Murtaza, and see him fulfil his dream. We were all kids once and had dreams, and in Qatar many of us still have them.
“Murtaza’s dream was to meet his hero. We are in a fortunate position here that we were able to bring them together. It’s about a kid and his dream. That’s it. That pretty much sums up the power of football.
“We were struck by his story from the beginning, and are delighted that we made the meeting happen. The story is symbolic of our belief that football can change lives for the better, and inspire youngsters from across our region and beyond.”
The game ended in 5-3 in favour of Barcelona as Messi, Suarez and Neymar registered a goal each.