An Iranian student has courted international media attention after being taken in by police as he was causing so much commotion over looking exactly like Barcelona’s star man, Lionel Messi.
Reza Parastesh has put the spotlight on the city of Hamaden after taking numerous selfies with the public and doing an interview with Ruptly TV in which the resemblance he bears to the Catalan club’s talisman is clear as day.
According to a BBC report, Parastesh’s profile grew when his father posted a picture of him wearing a Messi shirt a few months back. Since then, however, he has trimmed his beard in the same manner as the Argentine and cut his hair in the same way to complete the look.
The 25-year-old appears to have found a new way of earning cash now too as he studies, with the report going on to explain that he is ‘fully booked with media interviews and has even landed modelling contracts’.
In the meantime, the ‘real’ Messi will be fully focused on Barca’s final two league games of the season, which even if they win may not be enough to stop Real Madrid, who currently have the same points total but also have a game in hand, from winning the title.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena