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Lionel Messi lookalike almost ends up in Iranian jail for looking like the star

Reza Parastesh bears an uncanny resemblance to Messi and decided it would be a fun idea to dress up as the player and wander around the Iranian city of Hamedan.

Reza Parastesh the Lionel Messi lookalike. Picture: Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG – An Iranian student almost landed himself in a jail cell for looking too much like Lionel Messi.

Reza Parastesh bears an uncanny resemblance to the Barcelona and Argentina forward and decided that it would be a fun idea to dress up as the player and wander around the Iranian city of Hamedan.

Many people came out to take selfies with Parastesh in Hamedan over the weekend that police rushed him into a station and impounded his car to stop the chaos and clear traffic.

He was taken in for disrupting public order.