Iranian student Reza Parastesh looks so much like his sporting hero, Lionel Messi, that it almost landed him in jail for disrupting public order at the weekend.
So many people came out to take selfies with Parastesh, 25, in the western city of Hamedan that police rushed him into a station and impounded his car to stop the chaos and clear traffic.
The resemblance is so uncanny that Eurosport UK reportedly used his photo by accident on Twitter recently when talking about the real Messi.
The furore started a few months ago when Parastesh’s football-mad father pressured him into posing in a No10 Barcelona jersey and sending the pictures to a sports website.
“I sent them one night and by the morning they had called me… for an interview,” he said.
Despite his early reluctance, he soon grew into his new role, cutting his hair like Messi and often donning the Barca jersey.
It has paid off – he is booked with interviews and has even landed modelling deals.