An Iranian student, Reza Parastesh has been arrested by the police because he looks too much like Barcelona star Lionel Messi.
The student’s car was also impounded by the police over the weekend because people in in the city of Hamaden wanted a picture with Reza.
The journey to start looking like La Pulga started a few months ago when the Messi lookalike’s dad made him pose in a number 10 Barcelona shirt.
Soon after, the 25-year-old started cutting his hair and grooming his beard to look more than Barcelona’s greatest player ever.
Because of his looks, Parastesh has had to find himself constantly being asked topose for photos in his hometown of Hameden, Iran.
He told the 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.” The student says that he is working on some football tricks so he can play the role better.