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Fifa unveil official ball of World Cup 2018

The official World Cup ball. Credit: Fifa

The World Cup is on the horizon and Fifa have unveiled the official ball that will be used in all 64 matches in Russia.

Made by Adidas, the Telstar 18 is a 'homage' to the ball used at the 1970 World Cup.

"(The ball pays) homage to the first-ever adidas World Cup ball," said an official Fifa statement.

"The Telstar 18 evokes unforgettable memories of the 1970 FIFA World Cup – and of legends like Pelé, Gerd Müller, Giacinto Facchetti, Pedro Rocha and Bobby Moore – and will feed the dreams of those who will play for football’s most coveted prize in Russia next year." “I was lucky enough to get to know this ball a bit earlier and I managed to have a try with it," Argentina star Lionel Messi said.

"I like all of it: the new design, the colours, everything”.