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Lionel Messi Makes a Young Soccer Fan's Dream Come True

The littlest sports fans are the cutest sports fans.
PUBLISHED ON 02/26/2016

Soccer fans are an especially passionate breed. And that holds true regardless of age, location and circumstance. Last month, the world met 5-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, an Afghan boy and Lionel Messi superfan who went viral for his homemade Messi jersey. And this week, Ahmadi received a special gift from Messi–the FC Barcelona and Argentina national team forward—himself.

NBC News reports Ahmadi is from a poor family who lives in the Jaghori district of Afghanistan. Unable to get an official Messi jersey of his own, his brother created one for him with a plastic bag and magic markers. Photos quickly went viral.

Afghanistan Football Federation has confirmed that Messi will meet his 5 year old fan Murtaza at Camp Nou ❤️💙.. pic.twitter.com/HTNKlzxw3y

— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) February 1, 2016

Sure enough, Messi, who is also a UNICEF ambassador, caught wind of his mini-me. He sent a soccer ball and signed Argentinian and FC Barcelona shirts to the UNICEF office in Kabul, where Ahmadi and his family traveled to pick them up.

Murtaza has the real thing now! #LeoMessi helped make his dream come true & gave him signed jerseys & a football. pic.twitter.com/ls6nUOdaBL

— UNICEF Afghanistan (@UNICEFAfg) February 25, 2016

A meeting between the boy and the soccer star is in the works. But in the meantime, CBS News says Ahmad has this message for Messi:

"I love Messi and my shirt says Messi loves me."

PHOTO: Twitter