Telstar 18 introduced as official ball of the 2018 World Cup

Lionel Messi poses with the new match ball for the 2018 World Cup next year

Lionel Messi poses with the new match ball for the 2018 World Cup next year

The ball for the 2018 World Cup was unveiled on Thursday, with Adidas' Telstar 18 paying homage to their first Telstar from 1970 but also acknowledging the digital age with a built-in NFC chip.

The adidas ball is like the black and white ball of old which was used at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico, which featured great stars like Pele, Gerd Muller and Bobby Moore.

The Telstar 18 evokes unforgettable memories of the 1970 FIFA World Cup - and of legends like Pelé, Gerd Müller, Giacinto Facchetti, Pedro Rocha and Bobby Moore - and will feed the dreams of those who play for football's most coveted prize in Russian Federation next year. Have a go at our quiz and share your results using #bbcfootball on social media.

Check out the gallery above to see all 13 of iterations of Adidas's official World Cup match ball.

The original "Telstar" ball was named after a US communications satellite, and its presence on the field of play in Russian Federation will be an ironic reminder of the dismal failure of the US Men's National Team to qualify for the tournament.

It's name came from its status as the "star of television", and was made to stand out on black-and-white televisions.

The new ball has already found a prominent supporter in the guise of Lionel Messi, who offered rave reviews after testing it out during the development phase.

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

Along for the ride was the Argentine soccer superstar, Lionel Messi, as the main figure of the event, who presented the ball at an event full of world stars, to the best coach of the year, the French footballer and legend Zinedine Zidane.

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