Man Looks So Much Like Lionel Messi He's Almost Arrested For Causing A Public Disturbance

The strange fate of the Iranian student who shares a face with the world's best footballer

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Celebrity lookalikes are normally circus mirror versions of their supposed dopplegangers: part of the fun is how much they resemble them while actually looking nothing like them at all.

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Not so in the case of Iranian student Reza Parastesh whose face is so identical to Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, it's actually a little unnerving – not to mentioned borderline criminal.

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This week the 25-year-old's resemblance to the Greatest Footballer Of All Time™ almost landed him in jail when he walked through the Iranian city of Hamedan and 'disrupted public order' because so many people rushed to get a selfie with him. The poor lad was bundled to a station by the police and even had his car impounded to clear the traffic.

While the real Lionel Messi lives a gilded life making millions of pounds a month playing football to an adoring crowd, you may assume being his non-rich twin would prove something of a curse, but the happy news is that Parastesh is, apparently, settling into the whole business.

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After his Dad pressured him to embrace the genetic fluke, cut his hair like Messi and buy a Barc shirt Parastesh has been inundated with media requests and modeling 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," Parastesh told the Metro.

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

He added that his goal is to learn a few football tricks and one day meet Messi for real, at which point presumably there would be a tear in the time space continuum and we'd all be sucked into a parallel universe via a giant black hole in the sky.

"Being the best player in footballing history, he definitely has more work than he can handle. I could be his representative when he is too busy" Parastesh mused.

That's if he can avoid jail in the meantime, of course.