FIFA president Gianni Infantino has described Russia 2018 as the “best World Cup” ever on Friday. Naija news understands that Mr Infantino said this in excitement of quality of football and organisation of the tournament enjoyed by all.
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“I was saying this would be the best World Cup ever, today I can say it with more conviction… it is the best World Cup,” told reporters in Moscow two days ahead of the final between France and Croatia.
Infantino told Russian president Vladimir Putin in a meeting at the Kremlin last week that the world “fell in love with Russia,” over the past four weeks.And Infantino said preconceived notions of the country had been changed by the positive experiences of more than one million fans who had visited.
. For this, I would, first of all, like to thank everyone, which was involved in the participation, the organisation of the World Cup,” “A lot of preconceived ideas have changed thanks to this World Cup,” said Infantino.“Everyone has discovered a beautiful country, a welcoming country, full of people keen to show to the world what maybe sometimes is said is not what happens here.”
“The Russian people, a big, big thank you to Russia. A big thank to the Russian government, president Putin, of course, the organising committee, the Russian Football Union, everyone who was involved in this country to make sure this World Cup would be the best ever.
“The World Cup has changed the perception of the world towards Russia. I think everyone who has been here for some time … has discovered a welcoming country.”Infantino said.
Infantino said he was also grateful to the volunteers, who were “the heart and the smile” of the World Cup. The tournament will come to a close on Sunday when France take on Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.