A Lionel Messi lookalike Reza Parastesh, has denied tricking 23 women into sleeping with him by using the identity of the Barcelona superstar.
Reza Parastesh, known as the Iranian Messi, was at the centre of allegations published by Spanish publication Marca and shared on social media.
The 26-year-old went viral two years ago when he posed in a Barcelona shirt and he has since used his likeness to the
Argentinian to promote his Instagram account.
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He has amassed nearly 700k followers but has now been forced to deny using his likeness to Messi to trick women into sleeping with him as he vowed to clear his name.
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.
“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.”
Paratesh also claimed the speed at which the news has spread has made his experience even worse.
He added: “The news is spreading in the Muslim countries and it has been a disaster.
“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 keeps his look up to date with Messi’s looks and displays pictures of himself pulling similar poses to the forward as he wears a Barcelona kit.