The official match ball for the 2018 World Cup is the Adidas Telstar 18. As with a lot of Adidas products this year, the Telstar 18 is a reimagining of a classic design.

The original Telstar was used for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico and a slightly different Telstar design was also used in the 1974 World Cup in then-West Germany.

It was officially unveiled on November 9 with Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi helping to launch the product.

“I was lucky enough to get to know this ball a bit earlier and I managed to have a try with it,” Messi said. “I like all of it: the new design, the colours, everything.

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