Iranian police over the weekend ‘arrested’ a student because he looks too much like Lionel Messi.
The fuss started a few months ago when the Messi lookalike’s dad made him pose in a number 10 Barcelona shirt.
The 25-year-old soon started cutting his hair and grooming his beard like the Argentina forward.
He told 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.”
Parastesh, who is fully booked with media interviews and has even landed modelling contracts, says that he is working on some football tricks so he can play the role better.