MESSI: Lookalike Parastesh (left) and the real Barcelona star (right)

A LIONEL Messi lookalike has denied reports in Spain he used the Barcelona megastar’s identity to trick women into sleeping with him.

Iranian ‘Messi’ Reza Parastesh has hit back after claims he used his resemblance to bed 23 women went viral on social media.

26-year-old Parastesh has amassed 700,000 followers on Instagram where he displays pictures of himself posing as the Argentine forward, complete with beard and full Barcelona kit.

In a video to followers 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. 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.”

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