They all have one thing in common: they are heading to the FIFA World Cup™. Now, ahead of Friday’s Final Draw, 32 players - each key men in the teams heading to Russia - have taken time to congratulate each other.
From Russia star Fyodor Smolov to Jefferson Farfan, who booked the last World Cup spot with Peru, the players - speaking in the order in which their teams qualified - recorded the following statement, the first part in their mother tongue and the second in the language of the team being congratulated:
"Congratulations (name of country) – see you in Russia!"
The video features a mosaic of languages and includes, among others, Neymar doing his best to speak Farsi, Robert Lewandowski congratulating Egypt in Arabic and Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny giving a good account of himself in Icelandic.