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Messi dedicates goal to handicapped boy

Lionel Messi dedicated his opening goal in Barcelona's 8-0 win against Osasuna to a handicapped 11-year-old boy.

The Moroccan boy, Soufian, lost both of his legs due to the rare Laurin-Sandrowe Syndrome genetic condition. He won the opportunity to meet his hero in Spain's version of Jim'll Fix It - and when the two met up again, Messi said he would try to score a goal for him in the match the following day.

They even agreed on a special goal celebration that Messi would perform if he scored, to show his young friend that he was dedicating the goal to him.

Sure enough, Messi celebrated after the first of his three goals by slapping his thighs - the code the pair had worked out so that Soufian knew the goal was being dedicated to him.

As a result of winning the opportunity to meet Messi, Soufian - who has artifical legs painted in Barca colours with Messi's number 10 on them - even got to have a kickabout with the world's best player. 

In 2007, Messi set up the Leo Messi Foundation to give vulnerable children better access to health and education opportunities.

"Being a bit famous now gives me the opportunity to help people who really need it, particularly children," he said.


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