World Cup 2018 Trophy Unveiled (photos)

The World Cup trophy was displayed at Moscow’s 80,000-seat Luzhniki Stadium on Thursday ahead of the tournament’s opening match between host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia.

To deafening loud cheers at the crucible of Russian and Soviet sports, former Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas held up the golden trophy for fans to photograph.

Outside the refurbished stadium, colourful crowds of fans danced and chanted, with a heavy police presence keeping order.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA boss Gianni Infantino officially open the tournament minutes before the 1500 GMT kickoff.

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