Barcelona v Malaga
Barcelona started round nine of La Liga in first place as they welcomed Malaga to the Camp Nou.
The Catalans came into the game following a 3-1 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League, and Malaga fell behind after just two minutes of the match.
Barcelona worked the ball down the left hand side, before former Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu arrived in the box to fire home.
Two Leo Messis
As is standard, Leo Messi was leading the Barcelona attack in the Malaga game.
However fans in the Camp Nou had to check their eyes as ‘Leo Messi’ also appeared in the stands as the game was underway.
What the hell was going on?
— beIN SPORTS USA (@beINSPORTSUSA) October 21, 2017
The man in the crowd is actually rather famous: that’s Leo Messi’s Iranian doppelgänger Reza Parastesh.
Reza Parastesh became an internet icon earlier in 2017 when pictures of the Iranian Messi spread on social media.
He’s previously told the press how everything started:
The first time that I seriously decided to take a photo with sports clothes and introduce myself as the double of Messi, my father encouraged me, He said – do it.
It was the match between Iran and Argentina and Messi scored a goal in the final minutes, prompting Iran’s exit from the World Cup. My father is a football fan, so he called me and told me ‘don’t come home tonight’ because he thought that I scored that goal.
He didn’t let me come home.
Doppelgänger Messi might meet Messi after the match.. interesting scenes about to pop up. pic.twitter.com/4M793OKIEJ
— FC Barcelona (@BarcaUniversal) October 21, 2017
In recent times Reza Parastesh has needed the help of local police to protect him from fans in the street.
Before he turned up at the Camp Nou, Reza Parastesh took to the streets of Barcelona.
رضا پرستش بدل ایرانی مسی راهی اسپانیا شده و قرارست بازی امشب بارسلونا و مالاگا را تماشا کند. او پس از این دیداری ملاقاتی با لیونل مسی دارد. pic.twitter.com/EoER8nrTdB
— خبرآنلاين (@khabaronlinee) October 21, 2017
As expected, the Iranian Messi was stopped by people on the streets who all wanted to take pictures with the lookalike.
— سزار سامان (@cezarsaman) October 21, 2017