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Egypt’s Messi Lookalike ‘Becomes Celebrity’

Egypt's Messi Lookalike 'Becomes Celebrity'
The remarkable resemblance between Messi and Egyptian lookalike Battah

An Egyptian painter has reportedly found an unlikely fan base in the North African nation – Barcelona football supporters, especially those who love star player Lionel Messi.

Egypt's Messi Lookalike 'Becomes Celebrity'
Egypt’s Messi Lookalike Islam Mohammed Ibrahim Battah

Egypt’s Messi Lookalike has become a celebrity after his pictures went viral.

The 27 -year -old Islam Mohammed Ibrahim Battah looks remarkably like the 33 -year -old Argentine forward, considered the best footballer in the world.

Egypt's Messi Lookalike'Becomes Celebrity'
Messi Lookalike Battah

” When I started growing my beard, my friends told me that I look like Messi. When I grew my beard even more, the resemblance was clearer,” he told the Reuters news agency.

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On a visit to an orphanage in Zagazig, a city of about 90km ( 55 miles ) north of the capital, Cairo, the children were delighted, the agency reports.

Wearing a Barcelona shirt, Battah played football with the children at a local training facility, Reuters says.

Egypt's Messi Lookalike'Becomes Celebrity'
Messi Lookalike with the children at the orphanage

” The kids’ happiness with the resemblance between me and Messi is indescribable,” he is quoted as saying.

” When you make someone happy, God rewards you. I wanted to share this happiness with them.”

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