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Iranian Student Impersonating Messi Arrested For Causing Chaos After Fans Rushed Him For Selfies

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May 12, 2017 – Photos: Iranian Student Who Looks Like Lionel Messi To Gain Attention Arrested For Disrupting Public Peace

Lionel Messi’s Lookalike Arrested In Iran For Disrupting Public Peace After People Rushed To Take Selfies With Him

25-year-old Reza Parastesh, an Iranian student, looks so much like Lionel Messi that it almost landed him in jail for disrupting public order this week.

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

Reza Parastesh

The furor began a few months ago when Parastesh’s soccer-mad father pressured him into posing in a No. 10 Barcelona jersey and sending the pictures to a sports website.

“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, Parastesh, 25, soon grew into his new role, cutting his hair like Messi’s and often donning the jersey when going out.

It has paid off — he is fully booked with interviews and has even landed modeling contracts.

“Now, people really see me as the Iranian Messi and want me to mimic everything he does,” he said. “When I show up somewhere, people are really shocked.”

Iranians are obsessed with soccer, and Parastesh 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.

[Daily Telegraph]





  1. Joyful

    May 12, 2017 at 2:23 AM

    U mean this man is a teenager?15yrs old?some people can age fast.

    • horlyboy

      May 12, 2017 at 6:54 AM

      na 25yrs why you minus 10yrs from his age

  2. IkeGod

    May 12, 2017 at 6:47 AM

    Joyful read well ok. what they wrote is 25 not 15

  3. NIYI

    May 12, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    taking a very close look @ them, to me it tells that they might be separated twin 4rm birth. just thinking aloud.

  4. mbok

    May 12, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    well Mercy I think u shud invite d guy and have photos with em.

  5. princeromero

    May 12, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Good 4 him ooooo….on his way to fame rite now

  6. NIYI

    May 12, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    They might be twin separated 4rm birth.

  7. Joyful

    May 12, 2017 at 3:08 PM

    He even looks 35

  8. fifelomo

    May 12, 2017 at 6:33 PM

    These two looks too much alike.

  9. micheal

    May 13, 2017 at 11:43 PM

    I even tut it ws d real messi

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