People are going crazy in Iran after photos of Lionel Messi’s lookalike brother surfaced online turning him into a star.
Reza Parastesh (L) and Lionel Messi (R)
Reza Parastesh who is tipped to be the Iranian brother (not real brother) of Argentina international and Barcelona star, Lionel Messi because he looks very much like him has been receiving acclaim as a result.
He is being mobbed on the streets of Tehran with people asking for autographs and wanting to have their photo taken with the lookalike. 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. Both adults and children have been approaching Reza, giving him a taste of what it’s like to be a famous footballer .
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.
In an interview with Ruptly TV, speaking in Farsi, Reza said: “The first time that I seriously decided to take a photo with sports clothes and introduce myself as the double of Messi, my father encouraged me, He said – do it.”
“It was the match between Iran and Argentina and Messi scored a goal in the final minutes, prompting Iran’s exit from the World Cup. My father is a football fan, so he called me and told me ‘don’t come home tonight’ because he thought that I scored that goal.
“He didn’t let me come home. (sic).”
But although Reza has only recently surfaced online, he says he has been called ‘Messi’ by family members since his adolescence, Mehr News reports.