Football fans are going crazy for Lionel Messi 's Iranian doppelgänger, with people mobbing the lookalike on the streets of Tehran. Reza Parastesh has been dubbed 'identical' to Barcelona FC's forward and has found himself being stopped on the street for photos, as well as being asked for photographs.
Reza, who has been known by the nickname 'Messi' since he was a child has been seen roaming the streets in the Barcelona player's football shirt and sporting an 'identical' beard.
And while he admits he hasn't had surgery to look like the footballer- he has confessed that the beard similarity isn't a coincidence as he trims it to look the same. He's getting mobbed on the streets of Tehran and claims his father once mistook him for the player.
The lookalike revealed he hasn't had any surgery to look like the Argentina player, but admitted he does trim his beard in the same way on purpose. And he says he's really glad to look like such an "important, cool and popular guy".
Source; Mirror Online