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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.
— Ruptly (@Ruptly) April 30, 2017
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.
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.
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."