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12:00 AM, March 25, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:55 AM, March 25, 2019

Bangladeshi's Messi drawing comes alive

A young Bangladeshi architect has earned fame after his digital drawing of Lionel Messi was matched in real life six years later.

Suhas Nahian's 2013 artwork shows Messi dribbling past a group of players in green and white, leaning his head forward as one of the defenders grabs his red-and-blue Barcelona jersey.

Photos of Messi shot during a recent match against Real Betis show him in an almost identical pose, complete with one defender on the ground as the Argentinian charges through.

"I painted something 6 years ago, and football gods made the image come true," Suhas, 29, said on Instagram.

He told AFP that he watched the La Liga match but noticed nothing exceptional until a friend phoned him and excitedly pointed out the striking similarities.

"I looked back and found those are actually very similar." he said. "It was fascinating. I was surprised."

Suhas said he did not choose Betis's white and green jersey consciously.

"Barcelona's jersey is very vibrant with blue and red, so from the point of colour I wanted to paint the rest of the painting in green so that Messi stays in focus," he said. "So I chose this green and white jersey, not specifically thinking of Betis but from the sense of colour."

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