Murtaza Ahmadi has a brand new Leo Messi jersey, courtesy of the Barça star. / UNICEF

Five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, an Afghan boy whose photo went viral after he was pictured wearing an Argentine National Team soccer jersey made from a plastic bag with ‘Messi’ and the number ’10’ penned on the back, today received a special package sent by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Lionel Messi.

The package, given to Murtaza at the UNICEF Afghanistan Office in Kabul, contained two of Messi’s teams’ soccer jerseys - the Argentine National Team and FC Barcelona - and a ball, as a symbol of Messi’s commitment to fomenting sports in children’s lives. The items were signed by Messi himself.

Murtaza is just one of 246 million of children living in countries and areas affected by conflict across the world. Murtaza and all children affected by crises must have access to their right to sport and play.

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