The World Cup trophy on Saturday commenced a worldwide tour in Moscow at a ceremony attended by Russian President, Vladimir Putin and FIFA chief, Gianni Infantino.
The ceremony took place at Luzhniki stadium, which has been fully renovated and will also host the final and five other matches.
The event, holding ten months before the 2018 World Cup kicks off there, was also attended by football stars of the past, such as Bebeto of Brazil and former French striker, David Trezeguet.
Russian President Putin promised that his country will complete the preparations for hosting the tournament on time.
On his part, FIFA President, Gianni Infantino expressed confident that Russia would put on a tournament to remember.
He said the World Cup is the most famous sports symbol and it is unique.
The FIFA boss also expressed satisfaction with the modernisation of the Luzhniki stadium.
The World Cup trophy will be showcased in twenty-four Russian cities and more than fifty countries around the globe giving fans an opportunity to see the most coveted prize in world football.
The 2018 World Cup will be played between June fourteen and July fifteen at twelve venues.