- Reza Parastesh has been accused of sleeping with 23 women under false pretense of being Messi
- The Iranian who has striking resemblance with the Barcelona star has come out to deny the claims
- Parastesh has nearly 700,000 followers on Instagram because he portrays Messi's identity
Reza Parastesh, a Lionel Messi look-alike, has denied conning 23 women into sleeping with him using the Barcelona star's identity.
The 26-year-old has moved to deny the allegations made in a Spanish news 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.
"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 who is also known as Iranian Messi was informed of the allegations earlier in the week and he has been trying to clear his name since.
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 who has nearly 700,000 followers, uses his likeness for Messi as a way of promoting his Instagram page.
His page full of photos pulling similar poses to Messi as well as wearing the kit of Barcelona and the Argentine's action on the pitch and press conferences.
It is understood reported Parastesh 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.
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