The boy with the plastic bag Messi jersey has finally met his hero

In February, the internet fell in love with a five-year-old boy in a homemade plastic bag Lionel Messi jersey named Murtaza Ahmadi. Now, almost a year later, Ahmadi has finally met his idol.

The Argentine soccer star and the young Afghan super fan shared a warm embrace on Tuesday, in a heartwarming encounter captured on video tweeted by the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee.

Messi is seen smiling and picking up the boy, whose blue and white striped plastic shirt and gleeful expression while wearing it melted hearts online at the start of the year.

Not only did the six-year-old boy get to meet his hero, but he also got to walk out on to the pitch alongside Messi on Tuesday night, when Barcelona played Al Ahli in Dohar.

An ecstatic Ahmadi didn't want to let go of his hero.

The young boy's journey to meeting his idol started back in January, when a photo of him wearing the plastic shirt with Messi's name was first spotted online by fans.

Before long, Twitter lit up with a search for for his identity. Among others, Turkish sports website Fanatik tweeted out the viral picture while wondering who the young boy was.

Ahmadi was soon identified as the boy with the plastic Messi jersey. From their farm in Jaghori, his father Arif Ahmadi toldCNN how passionate the then five-year-old was about Messi and football.

"When he suddenly wakes up in the middle of the night, he starts crying that he wants to go to Messi," Ahmadi said, adding that his son started asking for a jersey.

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TOPSHOT - (COMBO) This combination of pictures created on December 14, 2016 in Paris shows then five-year-old Afghan boy and Lionel Messi fan Murtaza Ahmadi posing with his plastic bag jersey in Jaghori district of Ghazni province in a photograph provided by the boy's family and taken on January 24, 2016 (L), and FC Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi talking to Murtaza Ahmadi on the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC on December 13, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. Murtaza Ahmadi, the Afghan boy who became an internet sensation after pictures of him wearing an improvised Lionel Messi football shirt went viral, finally got to meet his superstar idol on December 13, 2016. Murtaza Ahmadi met the Barcelona forward in Doha, where the Spanish league champions played a friendly match against Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli later. Six-year-old Murtaza, from the rural Ghazni province southwest of Kabul, walked out onto the pitch as a mascot hand-in-hand with the Argentinian at the start of the match at Doha's Al-Gharrafa stadium. / AFP / STR AND Karim JAAFAR (Photo credit should read STR,KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
FC Barcelona Lionel Messi holds the hands of Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi (L) as the tema enters the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC on December 13, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. Barcelona play Saudi champions Al-Ahli in a friendly in Doha, the Spanish club's last major obligation of its four year shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways. / AFP / KARIM JAAFAR (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
FC Barcelona Lionel Messi (L) holds the hands of Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi on the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC on December 13, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. Barcelona play Saudi champions Al-Ahli in a friendly in Doha, the Spanish club's last major obligation of its four year shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways. / AFP / KARIM JAAFAR (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Football Soccer - Barcelona v Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli - International Friendly Match - Doha, Qatar - 13/12/16 Lionel Messi (L) and Barcelona's team pose for photographs with six-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi before the match. REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari
Football Soccer - Barcelona v Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli - International Friendly Match - Doha, Qatar - 13/12/16 Barcelona's Lionel Messi holds the hand of six-year-old Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi before the match. REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari
FC Barcelona Lionel Messi (L) talks to Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi on the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC on December 13, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. Barcelona play Saudi champions Al-Ahli in a friendly in Doha, the Spanish club's last major obligation of its four year shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways. / AFP / KARIM JAAFAR (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
FC Barcelona Lionel Messi (L) and Neymar stand next to Afghan boy Murtaza Ahmadi on the pitch before the start of a friendly football match against Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli FC on December 13, 2016 in the Qatari capital Doha. Barcelona play Saudi champions Al-Ahli in a friendly in Doha, the Spanish club's last major obligation of its four year shirt sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways. / AFP / KARIM JAAFAR (Photo credit should read KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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"I told him that we were living in a poor village far from the city and it was impossible for me to get him the shirt," he said. "He kept crying for days asking for the shirt until his brother Hamayon helped him make one from the plastic bag to make him happy."

"He stopped crying after wearing that plastic bag shirt," Ahmadi added.

Once it was known who Ahmadi was, he gained the attention of organizations like the Afghanistan Football Federation and UNICEF, which presented him with a brand new autographed Messi jersey.

"I love Messi and my shirt says Messi loves me," Ahmadi said at the time.

On Tuesday, the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee tweeted a number of images and videos about Ahmadi, including one in which he says what he will do when he first meets Messi.

"Kiss him," he said. "I'm going to kiss him."

See more from young Ahmadi's life:

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QUETTA, PAKISTAN - MAY 03: Murtaza Ahmedi, a five year old Afghan boy who wears a jersey signed by Messi, plays with a ball in Quetta of Balochistan province, a South-Western city in Pakistan on May 3, 2016. A boy from Ghazni province of Afghanistan became famous on social media in the world after wearing a plastic bag shirt resembling the uniform of international football star Lionel Messi. Messi had also expressed his wish to meet Murtaza Ahmedi. Parents of Murtaza Ahmedi moved him to Quetta from Afghanistan hence they worried about kidnapping, Mr. Wahid Ahmedi, a relative of the boy said. They also appealed to football federations and both Afghanistan and Pakistan government for making arrangements of meeting between Lionel Messi and Murtaza Ahmedi. (Photo by Mazhar Chandio/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
QUETTA, PAKISTAN - MAY 03: Murtaza Ahmedi, a five year old Afghan boy who wears a jersey signed by Messi, poses as he holds another jersey from Messi in Quetta of Balochistan province, a South-Western city in Pakistan on May 3, 2016. A boy from Ghazni province of Afghanistan became famous on social media in the world after wearing a plastic bag shirt resembling the uniform of international football star Lionel Messi. Messi had also expressed his wish to meet Murtaza Ahmedi. Parents of Murtaza Ahmedi moved him to Quetta from Afghanistan hence they worried about kidnapping, Mr. Wahid Ahmedi, a relative of the boy said. They also appealed to football federations and both Afghanistan and Pakistan government for making arrangements of meeting between Lionel Messi and Murtaza Ahmedi. (Photo by Mazhar Chandio/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
QUETTA, PAKISTAN - MAY 03: Murtaza Ahmedi, a five year old Afghan boy who wears a jersey signed by Messi, plays with a ball in Quetta of Balochistan province, a South-Western city in Pakistan on May 3, 2016. A boy from Ghazni province of Afghanistan became famous on social media in the world after wearing a plastic bag shirt resembling the uniform of international football star Lionel Messi. Messi had also expressed his wish to meet Murtaza Ahmedi. Parents of Murtaza Ahmedi moved him to Quetta from Afghanistan hence they worried about kidnapping, Mr. Wahid Ahmedi, a relative of the boy said. They also appealed to football federations and both Afghanistan and Pakistan government for making arrangements of meeting between Lionel Messi and Murtaza Ahmedi. (Photo by Mazhar Chandio/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
QUETTA, PAKISTAN - MAY 03: Murtaza Ahmedi, a five year old Afghan boy who wears a jersey signed by Messi, poses as he holds his plastic bag uniform in Quetta of Balochistan province, a South-Western city in Pakistan on May 3, 2016. A boy from Ghazni province of Afghanistan became famous on social media in the world after wearing a plastic bag shirt resembling the uniform of international football star Lionel Messi. Messi had also expressed his wish to meet Murtaza Ahmedi. Parents of Murtaza Ahmedi moved him to Quetta from Afghanistan hence they worried about kidnapping, Mr. Wahid Ahmedi, a relative of the boy said. They also appealed to football federations and both Afghanistan and Pakistan government for making arrangements of meeting between Lionel Messi and Murtaza Ahmedi. (Photo by Mazhar Chandio/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
QUETTA, PAKISTAN - MAY 03: Murtaza Ahmedi, a five year old Afghan boy who wears a jersey signed by Messi, poses in Quetta of Balochistan province, a South-Western city in Pakistan on May 3, 2016. A boy from Ghazni province of Afghanistan became famous on social media in the world after wearing a plastic bag shirt resembling the uniform of international football star Lionel Messi. Messi had also expressed his wish to meet Murtaza Ahmedi. Parents of Murtaza Ahmedi moved him to Quetta from Afghanistan hence they worried about kidnapping, Mr. Wahid Ahmedi, a relative of the boy said. They also appealed to football federations and both Afghanistan and Pakistan government for making arrangements of meeting between Lionel Messi and Murtaza Ahmedi. (Photo by Mazhar Chandio/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Afghan father Mohammad Arif Ahmadi holds his son Murtaza, 5, and a fan of football player Lionel Messi, as he speaks during an interview with AFP in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta on May 3, 2016. The young Afghan boy who captivated hearts after he was pictured wearing a plastic bag as an improvised Lionel Messi jersey has appealed to the UN refugee agency after fleeing Afghanistan. Murtaza Ahmadi became an Internet sensation in January after his older brother posted the picture on Facebook, with the Argentine superstar sending autographed jerseys to his tiny fan via UNICEF. / AFP / BANARAS KHAN (Photo credit should read BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
QUETTA, PAKISTAN - MAY 03: Murtaza Ahmedi, a five year old Afghan boy who wears a jersey signed by Messi, plays with a ball in Quetta of Balochistan province, a South-Western city in Pakistan on May 3, 2016. A boy from Ghazni province of Afghanistan became famous on social media in the world after wearing a plastic bag shirt resembling the uniform of international football star Lionel Messi. Messi had also expressed his wish to meet Murtaza Ahmedi. Parents of Murtaza Ahmedi moved him to Quetta from Afghanistan hence they worried about kidnapping, Mr. Wahid Ahmedi, a relative of the boy said. They also appealed to football federations and both Afghanistan and Pakistan government for making arrangements of meeting between Lionel Messi and Murtaza Ahmedi. (Photo by Mazhar Chandio/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
QUETTA, PAKISTAN - MAY 03: Murtaza Ahmedi, a five year old Afghan boy who wears a jersey signed by Messi, poses as he holds another jersey from Messi in Quetta of Balochistan province, a South-Western city in Pakistan on May 3, 2016. A boy from Ghazni province of Afghanistan became famous on social media in the world after wearing a plastic bag shirt resembling the uniform of international football star Lionel Messi. Messi had also expressed his wish to meet Murtaza Ahmedi. Parents of Murtaza Ahmedi moved him to Quetta from Afghanistan hence they worried about kidnapping, Mr. Wahid Ahmedi, a relative of the boy said. They also appealed to football federations and both Afghanistan and Pakistan government for making arrangements of meeting between Lionel Messi and Murtaza Ahmedi. (Photo by Mazhar Chandio/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Five year-old Murtaza Ahmedi, an Afghan Lionel Messi fan, wears a shirt signed by Barcelona star Lionel Messi as he plays with a football at his relatives' home in Quetta, Pakistan, May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed
QUETTA, PAKISTAN - MAY 03: Murtaza Ahmedi, a five year old Afghan boy who wears a jersey signed by Messi, poses with a ball in Quetta of Balochistan province, a South-Western city in Pakistan on May 3, 2016. A boy from Ghazni province of Afghanistan became famous on social media in the world after wearing a plastic bag shirt resembling the uniform of international football star Lionel Messi. Messi had also expressed his wish to meet Murtaza Ahmedi. Parents of Murtaza Ahmedi moved him to Quetta from Afghanistan hence they worried about kidnapping, Mr. Wahid Ahmedi, a relative of the boy said. They also appealed to football federations and both Afghanistan and Pakistan government for making arrangements of meeting between Lionel Messi and Murtaza Ahmedi. (Photo by Mazhar Chandio/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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