- Messi has donated $1 million towards fighting the coronavirus
- His efforts were covered by a French TV station who made a strange error
- The station used an image of Messi’s Iranian lookalike to cover the story
- Reza Parastesh came to the limelight for his uncanny resemblance to Lionel Messi back in 2017
A popular lookalike to Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi got an unlikely endorsement on Saturday when his image was inadvertently used in a French TV station.
In a lunchtime segment, TV station French broadcaster M6 covered a story highlighting efforts by major athletes across the world in the fight against the coronavirus
As Briefly.co.za reported, Messi is among those who played his part as he donated $1 million to a hospital in Barcelona to fight the coronavirus.
But as far as covering the piece of news was concerned, the station featured an image of tennis star Roger Federer and the Barcelona captain – or so they thought.
As it turns out, they had used an image of Reza Parastesh – an Iranian renowned for his uncanny similar looks to Messi.
The Iranian was among the first people to point out the French station's erroneous ways.
Reza gained global attention a few years ago when his photos went viral and media inevitably tracked him down to prove that indeed, he was Messi’s doppelganger.
Needless to say, the Iranian has had several people mistake him for the Barcelona legend on several occasions in his home country.
In 2017, he was actually impounded and summoned to a police station for the commotion he was causing in the streets due to his resemblance to Messi.
Twitter users instantly went on the troll-train once they realised the TV station’s mistake, but at least they could see the funny side to it.
In their defence, the mistake was hardly noticeable as Reza literally looks like Messi in another life.
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