The FIFA World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet. Every iteration of the tournament is held at a different location, and with a different and brand new ball designed specifically for that year.
However, not everyone is impressed with the 2018 ball, as it seems to be a second coming of Jabulani. David De Gea, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Pepe Reina have come forward and expressed their concerns and opinions over the ‘strange’ Adidas Telstar 2018.
After Germany faced Spain in the latest World Cup friendlies in Dusseldorf, the trio realised some flaws in the ball used in the fixture.
“It’s (the ball) really strange,” the Manchester United keeper commented [via Goal]. “It could have been made a lot better.”
Ter Stegen was much more specific about the issues, as he revealed: “The ball could be better; it moves a lot. But I think we’re just going to have to get used to working with it and try to get to grips with it as quickly as possible before the World Cup starts. We’ve got no other option.”
On the other hand, Reina was much more ruthless in expressing the concerns he had after some experiences with the ball.
“I bet you as much as you like that we’ll see at least 35 goals from long range in Russia, because it’s impossible to work out,” the Spain No. 2 complained.
“It’s covered in a plastic film that makes it difficult to hold on to. Goalkeepers are going to have a lot of problems with this ball.”
Nevertheless, it’s unlikely that the ball will be redesigned in such a short time, and players will just have to deal with the current problem.