Lionel Messi look-alike denies conning 23 women into sleeping with him after allegedly using the identity of the Barcelona star
- Reza Parastesh is known as the Iranian Messi back home in his native Iran
- Parastesh has been accused of using his likeness to Messi to sleep with women
- He has denied using Messi’s identity to con and sleep with 23 women
- The 26-year-old has spoken of how the allegations have caused him distress
A man in Iran has denied conning 23 women into sleeping with him after apparently using the identity of Lionel Messi.
Reza Parastesh, who is known as the Iranian Messi, moved to deny the allegations made in Spanish publication Marca and on social media.
In a video post on Instagram, Parastesh said: ‘Hi friends, a piece of false news about me is trending on social media with regards to me sleeping with 23 women because they thought I was Lionel Messi. Please do not play with people’s reputation and credibility.
Reza Parastesh, who is known as the Iranian Messi, denies allegations that he conned women
Parastesh has been accused of using the identity of Lionel Messi in order to sleep with women
‘We are all aware of the fact that if it actually happened to anyone, there would be some complaints and it would lead to my prosecution. That would be a disaster and a calamity of international proportion. If this news was true, I would be in jail right now.’
‘Do not believe it, it is not true. I am going to do everything to fight this legally and make sure my name is cleared.’
Parastesh, 26, was informed of the allegations earlier this week and he has been trying to clear his name since.
Parastesh is famed in Iran for sharing similar features with that of the Barcelona star
Parastesh has spoken on social media about how much distress the allegations have caused
He added that the experience has been made worse because of how quickly the news has spread.
‘The news is spreading in the Muslim countries and it has been a disaster,’ he said. ‘I was severely harassed because it released the whole world on me. My family also harassed me, but the people’s attack was more influential.’
Parastesh uses his likeness to Messi as a way of promoting his Instagram page, which has nearly 700,000 followers.
Parastesh (left) pictured on his Instagram page wearing the kit of the Spanish champions
His page displays pictures of him pulling similar poses to the Barcelona forward as well as wearing the kit of the La Liga champions.
It also features footage of the real Messi in action on the pitch and during press conferences.
He is reported to have started pursuing a career as a Messi look-alike when his dad suggested he put on a Barcelona shirt to see much he resembled the Argentine.
He was also encouraged to grow a beard to keep up-to-date with Messi’s looks.
Parastesh has been encouraged to update his appearance to be more in keeping with Messi