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Iranian Student Gets Arrested By Cops Because He Looks Exactly Like Lionel Messi

Reza Parastesh is just your average, everyday 25-year-old guy, except for one little thing – he happens to look exactly like Lionel Messi, and it’s recently gotten him into a bit of trouble with the law.

The Iranian student, native to the western city of Hamedan, first noticed his striking resemblance to the Argentinian footballer a few months ago, and began trimming his hair and beard accordingly. With his number 10 FC Barcelona jersey on, he’s a verifiable carbon copy, which is precisely the reason why people in his hometown lost their minds when they saw him driving around one day. Swarmed by people wanting to take photos with him, Parastesh had his car impounded by police, and was taken to the station for disturbing public order.

Thankfully, the Persian Messi was later released, and has reportedly been offered interviews and modelling contracts since the incident. Life’s rough sometimes when you’re a professional athlete, but clearly it’s also rough if you look like one! At least if Messi ever doesn’t feel like getting out of bed and needs someone to impersonate him for a day, he’ll know who to call.


Reza Parastesh, a doppelganger of Barcelona and Argentina’s footballer Lionel Messi, poses for a picture in a street in Tehran on May 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE

Reza Parastesh, a doppelganger of Barcelona and Argentina’s footballer Lionel Messi, poses for a picture with fans in a street in Tehran on May 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)