The World Cup’s official ball has been released by Adidas and it is set to be used across the tournament which begins mid-June. The World Cup’s official ball is white with a black tessellate design and is a re-imaging of the classic ball used at the 1970 World Cup. The Telstar is a classic design and it pays homage to the first ever Adidas-manufactured ball which was used 58 years ago. That tournament was won by Brazil with Pele instrumental in their success and it’s 5.50 with Bodog for the Selecao to be triumphant once again. The Telstar 18 has six textured panels and a near-field communication chip which has been planted inside the ball and will provide consumers with interactivity and options to analyse data from the tournament using smartphones and other devices. Recycled packaging has also been used as part of the design and it is being manufactured in Pakistan. The ball has been used in a couple of International Friendlies including Spain vs Germany which took place at the end of March. It may be one of the all-time iconic World Cup balls but it has been equally praised and criticised by a number of players. Lionel Messi, who is 11.00 with Sports Interaction to finish as the competition’s top goalscorer was presented with the World Cup’s official ball and said “I like all of it, the new design, the colours and everything”. Meanwhile David De Gea, who is likely to start for Spain at the 2018 World Cup has been critical of the World Cup’s official ball. Spain, who are priced at 8.50 with Betway to secure just their second triumph at the tournament are one of the favourites but their goalkeeper suggested that the ball “Could’ve have been made a lot better” and was “really strange”. Pepe Reina and Ter Stegen were also in agreement and both said that it “moves too much” as well as suggesting that many goalkeepers are likely to concede goals from long-range during the tournament. Reina later added that “many goalkeepers are going to have a lot of problems with this ball”.