Adidas unveil 2018 World Cup ball

Spain and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata poses with his new adidas kit and the official ball

Spain and Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata poses with his new adidas kit and the official ball

That very ball, the Telstar 18, has been unveiled today - a retro-inspired design harking back to the classic white-and-black Telstar balls used at the finals in 1970 and 1974.

The ball has often been a hot topic at recent World Cups - especially in South Africa 2010. Have a go at our quiz and share your results using #bbcfootball on social media.

Hummels tests the Telstar 18.

Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has given the Telstar18 his personal seal of approval.

Next year's World Cup will mark the return of the Telstar after it was last used at the 1970 World Cup.

"I like the design, I like the colours, and I would like to try it out on the pitch", Messi said through a translator while a head-bobbing DJ paused in between spinning disks.

Adidas Football has revealed the official ball for the 2018 FIFA World Cup "Telestar 18".The FIFA World Cup 2018 is to be held in Russian Federation.

A brand new panel design features a metallic print execution and texture graphic effect.

The friendly match between hosts Russian Federation and Argentina is scheduled for November 11 at the Luzhniki Stadium, which had been idle for the period of reconstruction works since 2013.

The event will be special for the host country because it razed the original stadium - home to the 1980 Summer Olympic Games as well as some of the Soviet and Russian squads' biggest matches - in 2013 to make way for the futuristic new structure. The name is an abbreviation of "star of television". Krasava by Adidas was the Official Match Ball at the FIFA Confederations Cup hosted by Russian Federation in 2017.

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