MOSCOW, November 30. /TASS/. National teams of Germany, Spain and Brazil are among the most likely candidates to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which kicks off next summer in 11 cities across Russia, Fabio Cannavaro, the former captain of the Italian national football team, told journalists on Thursday.
Asked to name two or three national teams, which were bound to win the next world football championship, Cannavaro said "Of course the German team, the Spanish team and the Brazilian team."
"But I think it is good time for (Argentina’s Lionel) Messi to do something new, because this is the last chance for him (to win the World Cup)," Cannavaro, who was named the 2006 FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or award in 2006, stated.
Asked whether hosts Russia would benefit playing on home turf at the championship, Cannavaro said "the World Cup is a World Cup and no one knows what will be happening in the future, but I think Russia is very determined."
Cannavaro, 44, is currently in Moscow and will be one of eight assistants helping at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final Draw, which will be held at the State Kremlin Palace on Friday.
The other seven assistants are Diego Maradona, Laurent Blanc, Cafu, Carles Puyol, Diego Forlan, Nikita Simonyan and Gordon Banks. Together with hosts Russia they all represent eight FIFA World Cup winning countries as they will be joined by Miroslav Klose from Germany, who will be the Trophy bearer at the Final Draw ceremony.
After successfully hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup this summer, Russia is now in full-swing preparations to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The country 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.