Adidas unveils official match ball for 2018 FIFA World Cup

World Cup 2018 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 09/11/2017

The official match ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has been revealed by Adidas.

The Telstar Adidas ball will be used by the world's best players as they seek to claim the biggest prize in football next summer.

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The Telstar ball will return at next summer’s finals in Russia and it will have an embedded NFC chip. After the iconic was first use in Mexico 1970, and four years later it returned to West Germany in 1974 before being replaced by the Tango in 1978.

The Telstar was the first ball to be decorated with black panels, changing the design of footballs forever as ball retains the best features of the Brazuca, used in Brazil in 2014 while including new technology.

The ball went through extensive testing to ensure it suits the needs of the best players in the world.

Some of the leading national and club sides have been involved in the testing process, including Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Manchester United, Juventus, Real Madrid and Ajax.

“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.” according to FIFA.COM.

In recent years the World Cup has given birth to one-off balls, from 2010's Jabulani to the Brazuca in 2014.