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Iran Has Both A Messi And A Cristiano

Reza Alireza Lou, Irani Cristiano Ronaldo look-alike

After the Iranian Lionel Messi doppelganger made headlines, a local Cristiano Ronaldo look-alike emerges.

As it seems, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are facing-off in a popularity competition on the streets of Tehran, the capital of Iran.

The competition between Messi and Ronaldo for the title of most popular football player has moved to the streets of Iran, with two local doppelgangers wooing crowds with their uncanny resemblance.

During the last few month Reza Parastesh, the Iranian who looks so much like the Argentinian and FC Barcelona football star Lionel Messi, became an internet sensation after videos and pictures of Messi fans standing in line to snap selfies with the look-alike.

Now, a look-alike of Messi’s biggest competition is getting similar attention and fame.

Irani voters participating in the 2017 presidential elections were baffled to see the Portuguese and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo showing up at the polling booths.

Reza Alireza Lou surrounded by fans during presidential elections, May 19, 2017

Reza Alireza Lou surrounded by fans during presidential elections, May 19, 2017.

Had they stopped to think about it for a second, they would’ve realized that Cristiano was busy preparing for Real Madrid’s final La Liga game against Malaga two days later – which they won and secured the club’s 33rd La Liga championship.

It was in fact Reza Alireza Lou, a local that shares striking resemblance with the La Liga champion.


Reza’s voting experience was interrupted by men and women surrounding him, asking for photos and selfies.

Aside from modeling as look-alikes, both young men are actually football players themselves. However, not on a professional level.

That given, one questions prevails: when will the two face each other on the field?

There are currently no reports of the look-alike championship ever taking place, but we’re sure both will have a decent number of fans cheering on if it does.

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