HELSINKI: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin presented US President Donald Trump a World Cup football which was made in Pakistan.
According to reports the Russian strongman presented the US leader with Official soccer ball of FIFA World Cup 2018 at a news conference after the meeting.
Throwing it to his wife, Trump said he was happy to pass the ball on to his 12-year-old son Barron.
Trump had congratulated Putin on Russia’s successful hosting of the competition, which came to a climax on Sunday a day before the Helsinki summit.
Facing a barrage of questions about the war in Syrian and Russia’s alleged role in Trump’s 2016 election victory, both men broke into brief smiles as the Kremlin chief handed over the souvenir.
“Speaking about having the ball in our court in Syria,” Putin said, in an awkward change of subject. “President Trump has just mentioned that we’ve successfully concluded the football World Cup.
“Speaking of football, actually, Mr President, I will give the ball to you and now the ball is in your court. All the more as the United States will host the World Cup in 2026.”
The Official FIFA World ball Telstar 2018 was made in Pakistani city of Sialkot.
It was designed by the company Adidas, a FIFA Partner and FIFA World Cup official match ball supplier since 1970, and based on the concept of the first Adidas’s World Cup match ball.
Sialkot is the world’s largest producer of hand-sewed footballs, with local factories manufacturing 40-60 million footballs a year.