In January, an image of a child who had modified a blue and white plastic bag to resemble a Lionel Messi Argentina shirt was shared heavily by people in Kurdistan and Turkey.
The image was soon being shared throughout the world, and a campaign was launched to try and find the mystery child, so he could be given a real Messi shirt, and possibly even meet his idol.
Shortly after the original image went viral, another image of the child was tweeted, this time showing his face.
After a week of searching, I was put in contact with an "Ahmadi" family in eastern Afghanistan, who claimed to be the child's family. As proof, they sent me an image of the boy wearing the plastic bag and holding up a sign on which he had written my name.
The boy is called Murtaza Ahmadi, and he lives with his family in a remote village in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan.
A source close to Messi told BuzzFeed News in January that he wanted to do something special for the child after seeing the image and being touched by the creativity the boy had shown in creating the replica T-shirt.
BuzzFeed News have contacted Barcelona seeking confirmation they have had dialogue with the Afghanistan FA, and will update this post with their response.
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