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    Lionel Messi sends signed Argentina shirts to five-year-old fan seen in homemade No.10 kit

    Feb 26, 2016
    Lionel Messi has yet to meet his young Afghan fan but has sent signed shirts to the delight of the boy. AP

    MADRID — UNICEF says Lionel Messi has sent signed shirts to the Afghan boy who was pictured wearing a homemade Argentina shirt with the No. 10 on the back.

    UNICEF said Thursday (Friday, Manila time) that 5-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi has received signed Barcelona and Argentina shirts from Messi. It said a football was also delivered to the boy at UNICEF'S office in Kabul.

    The Afghan Football Federation had been trying to set up a meeting between Messi and the boy, who was pictured wearing an Argentina shirt made from a plastic bag.

    The boy was photographed on Thursday wearing Messi's signed Argentina shirt.

    Messi is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

    Also Thursday (Friday, Manila time), Barcelona extended its partnership with UNICEF until 2020, increasing its annual donation to 2 million euros ($2.2 million) from 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million).

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    Lionel Messi has yet to meet his young Afghan fan but has sent signed shirts to the delight of the boy. AP
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