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Messi, Rolando to use the balls used by Beckenbauer & Pele in FIFA World Cup?

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Internet Desk: The FIFA 2018 World Cup 2018 is set to begin in Russia in seven months time. Ahead of that, the official match ball partner of FIFA World Cup, Adidas have brought back the iconic ‘ Telstar’ design for the forthcoming World Cup.

It was first used in 1970 World Cup where legendary Pele won the World Cup for Brazil. The design was last seen during the 1974 World Cup in Germany, where the host nation won the World Cup under legendary Franz Beckenbauer. The Telstar 18 design has been built with NFC chip inside, which will allow the fans to communicate with ball via a Smartphone.

The ball first came in public back in 1968 during the European Championships in Italy and Telstar will celebrate its 50th birthday during the World Cup.

Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi was one of the lucky few who have used this ball.

He said: "I was lucky enough to get to know this ball a bit earlier and I managed to have a try with it.

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

The Telstar was the first ball to introduce black panels, and became iconic at the 1970 World Cup as Brazil clinched their third title.

Roland Rommler, Category Director of Football Hardware at adidas has revealed designing the ball was an exciting challenge.

He said: "The original Telstar is one of the most iconic footballs of all time and one which changed football design forever, so developing the Telstar 18 while staying true to the original model was a really exciting challenge for us.

"The new panel structure and inclusion of an NFC chip has taken football innovation and design to a new level and offers both consumers and players a completely new experience."

The FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia will start on June 14 next year and will end on July 15, 2018.

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