Lionel Messi Doppelganger: The Latest Web Sensation


    I have been writing about several celebrity lookalikes and doppelgangers in the past. But never was I this much amazed as I am feeling this time. The latest celebrity lookalike is a 25 years old student from Iran. Reza Parastesh bears an uncanny resemblance with the Barcelona star Lionel Messi. What happened when the Lionel Messi doppelganger appeared in the streets of Iranian city of Hamadan? Read on to know that.


    Why Messi’s Doppelganger ended up in Police station?

    Hmm! That’s the question that popped in every mind after reading about the incident. Messi’s lookalike showed off in the streets of Iran (wearing barca jersey) and caused an instant frenzy all across the city. Fans of Messi and other commoners kept on having selfies with this latest web sensation. The street got so crowdy and chaotic that police had to intervene. And finally Reza Parastesh landed in the police station on the charges of disturbing the city order.

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    What Messi’s Lookalike Feeling about this Sudden Fame?

    Here is what Reza stated in his latest interview to AFP; “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, I’m really happy that seeing me makes them happy and this happiness gives me a lot of energy.”

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    How He Got Recognition as Messi’s Doppelganger?

    According to Reza, it was his father who realized the striking resemblance between Reza and Lionel Messi. In the world cup 2014, when Messi goaled against Iran, Reza was called by his father and got some really tough remarks. His father actually blamed Reza for that goal. He asked Reza, why you did that goal, go away and don’t come back tonight. And Reza had to convince him that it was not he. On realizing this unbelievable striking resemblance, his father asked him to snap his pics in Barcelona jersey and send over to some sport website. Reza had the Messi haircut, wore the shirt and sent over his pics. “I sent them one night and by the morning they had called me and said I should come in quickly for an interview,”. That’s great. Being Lionel Messi’s lookalike, he is landed with so many modelling contracts and interview sessions at the moment. Great Luck Reza or Messi, whatever you like to say (winking).