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 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.
” 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.
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.
” 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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