LYON, May 16. /TASS/. Russians are in love with football and will do everything possible to organize the most beautiful 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off in 11 cities across the country next month, Portugal’s renowned ex-footballer Luis Figo told TASS on Wednesday.
"A beautiful tournament is ahead of us," Figo said in an interview with TASS. "I personally saw how people in Russia are deeply in love with football and I believe that they will do their utmost to hold this event at the best level as possible."
Asked whether cases of racism manifestations were possible during the global football championship, the famous 45-year-old Portuguese player said "We must all enjoy the game of football and to simply respect the equality as well as real human and athletic values."
Playing for his national Portuguese football team Figo won the silver and bronze of the European football championships. Figo is also is the four-time champion of the Spanish football championship, six-time champion of the Portuguese championship and four-time winner of the Italian tournament, when he played for different European clubs.
The Portuguese midfielder won the UEFA Champions League trophy with Real Madrid in 2002 and was also named the best footballer of the year in 2000 receiving the prestigious Ballon d’Or trophy.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 30 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow.
Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.