Messi look alike arrested

By Daily Sports on May 9, 2017

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An Iranian student looks so much like his sporting idol Lionel Messi that it almost landed him in jail for disrupting public order.

So many people came out to take selfies with Reza Parastesh in the western city of Hamedan over the weekend that police rushed him into a station and impounded his car to stop the chaos and clear traffic.

The resemblance is so uncanny that some leading news outlets have reportedly used his photo when talking about the real Messi.

The student has perfected his Lionel Messi look, and with the attacker now sporting his natural brown hair having ditched the blonde look, Reza looks even more like the Argentinian

The student was reluctant at first, but eventually grew into the role, wearing the Barcelona strip out in public, growing his hair and beard to match the footballer and carrying a ball

The furore began a few months ago when Reza’s football-mad father pressured the 25-year-old into posing in a number 10 Barcelona jersey.

They sent the pictures off to a sports website, and got an immediate reply asking him to drop in to see them.

‘I sent them one night and by the morning they had called me and said I should come in quickly for an interview,’ he said.

Despite his early reluctance, Reza soon grew into his new role, cutting his hair like Messi and often donning the Barca jersey when he goes out.

It has paid off – he is fully booked with media interviews and has even landed modelling contracts.

‘Now people really see me as the Iranian Messi and want me to mimic everything he does.

‘When I show up somewhere, people are really shocked,’ he said.

Iranians are obsessed with football, and Reza finds himself constantly besieged by fans looking for a selfie.

‘I’m really happy that seeing me makes them happy and this happiness gives me a lot of energy,’ he added.

*Photo shows Reza Parastesh and Messi

Source Daily Sports

Posted May 9, 2017

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