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Without the fortune and footwork to boot, the Iranian man Reza Paratesh enjoys the fame of a world football superstar Lionel Messi.

 

As Reza Paratesh is a spitting image of the 29-year-old Lionel Messi, one of the world’s top football stars who captains Argentina national team and plays for the Spanish giant Barcelona in Spain at club level.

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And the Iranian man Reza Paratesh does not shy away from his looks, instead happily wearing a Barcelona No 10 Lionel Messi shirt and with the footballer's trademark beard.

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Paratesh said he was encouraged to embrace his Messi-looks by his Dad.

"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'," Paratesh said.

Paratesh’s friend Amir Mohammad Gharaji said it was a "nice feeling" to have a friend look like the five-time Fifa ballon d'or footballer of the year award winner.”

"Sometimes myself I'm in awe, like I look at him and l'll be like 'that's Messi man' - they look just so familiar," Gharaji said.

"When people see him in the street they take selfies with him and such-not. That's a great feeling because he gets recognition - and he deserves it."