Messi, Ronaldo feature in video to mark World Cup draw in Moscow
With the World Cup draw set to take place in Moscow on Friday, FIFA have produced a rather lovely video to congratulate each nation on making it to Russia.
The clip features messages from prominent players, each in turn wishing a fellow member nation good luck in Russia next summer.
Neymar congratulates Iran on reaching the World Cup in Farsi, Lionel Messi keeps it Spanish while wishing Colombia well and Cristiano Ronaldo extends a message of goodwill to Antoine Griezmann in French.
Welcome to Russia ahead of the #WorldCupDraw!— #WorldCupDraw 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) November 30, 2017
🇧🇷@neymarjr congratulates Iran in Farsi
🇵🇱@lewy_official sends greetings to Egypt in Arabic
🇩🇪@ToniKroos wishes @England a warm welcome
32 players welcoming 32 teams 👋 pic.twitter.com/OwcfcEbcVf
As you may be able to tell, each player begins by saying "Congratulations [name of country]" in their own language, followed by "See you in Russia" in the language of the country being congratulated.
Simple, but rather nice nonetheless.
Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.