In this world, the FIFA World Cup is probably the greatest stardom that presents mankind the opportunity to achieve the most important goal – being part of the family of nations and peoples, celebrating our common humanity.
For any country, playing in the World Cup is a matter of profound national pride. It is a badge of honour.
For those who are doing so after years of adversity, such as Egypt, it provides a sense of national renewal. And for those who are currently riven by conflict, like Iran, but whose World Cup team is a unique and powerful symbol of national unity, it inspires nothing less than the hope of national rebirth.
On Saturday, the former Brazil captain opened the World Cup Football Park in the Host City pic.twitter.com/JijMmkGKCm
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11 days to go and Top Media Nigeria presents to you what world leaders have to say about this outstanding sporting event.
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI (NIGERIA), 2018
“As you are going to represent us in Russia , you (the Super Eagles) must bear in mind that you are not just going for a tournament.
“With each game , you must remember that you are carrying the passions , emotions and feelings of over 180 million people.
“Play fair and clean , but demonstrate the gallant spirit which Nigerians are known for.
“Nothing unites Nigerians more than football and nothing will gladden the people of Nigeria than for your to acquit yourself honourably by winning in Russia.”
PORTIA SIMPSON-MILER (FORMER PRIME MINISTER OF JAMAICA), 2013
“The World Cup Competition has deep meaning for Jamaicans, recapturing memories of some of the most unforgettable moments in our sporting history,
“To date, there has been no football memory as sweet as the sheer joy of watching our Reggae Boyz break through the barriers of history and make their way triumphantly to Paris, in 1998. Today, I feel moved to remember all our footballers and administrators who have made it possible for Jamaica to compete over the years and to gain prestige among the top football-playing countries of the world.”
We're live from Kaliningrad where a team of FIFA Legends consisting of Cafu, Kanu and more are taking on a side of Russia Legends at the Host City's World Cup Football Park!
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— Cafu. (@officialcafu) June 3, 2018
LATE NELSON MANDELA (FORMER SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT), 2010
“The people of Africa learnt the lessons of patience and endurance in their long struggle for freedom. May the rewards brought by the FIFA World Cup prove that the long wait for its arrival on African soil has been worth it. Ke nako [it is time].”
BILL CLINTON (FORMER U.S PRESIDENT), 1994
“The World Cup has captured the imagination of our country, as has the game itself in the last few years. The love of soccer is now a universal language that binds us all together.”
XI JINPING (PRESIDENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA), 2017
“The true meaning of football is not just about competition, it is more about cultivating people’s patriotism and collective fighting spirit.
“My hope and dream of many Chinese people is that the country would have the opportunity to host a FIFA Men’s World Cup at some stage in the future.”
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