MOSCOW, July 13: FIFA president Gianni Infantino celebrated what he described as the �best World Cup� ever on Friday, thanks to the quality of football and organisation in Russia.
�I was saying this would be the best World Cup ever, today I can say it with more conviction... It is the best World Cup,� Infantino told reporters in Moscow two days ahead of the final between France and Croatia.
Infantino told Russian president Vladimir Putin in a meeting at the Kremlin last week that the world �fell in love with Russia,� over the past four weeks.
And Infantino said preconceived notions of the country had been changed by the positive experiences of more than one million fans who had visited.
�A lot of preconceived ideas have changed thanks to this World Cup,� said Infantino.
�Everyone has discovered a beautiful country, a welcoming country, full of people keen to show to the world what maybe sometimes is said is not what happens here.� � AFP