A few minutes before Russia and Saudi Arabia kick-off the 2018 FIFA World Cup this Thursday, June 14 at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, FIFA Legend and 2010 FIFA World Cup winner Iker Casillas will bring on to the pitch the FIFA World Cup Original Trophy in its newly designed travel case by Louis Vuitton. Casillas will be accompanied by Russian supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova.
“The people of Russia are very excited to welcome the FIFA World Cup. I am proud to represent my country on this day and the dream that the FIFA World Cup Trophy represents,” Vodianova said.
The celebrated FIFA World Cup Original Trophy measures 36 cm in height, weighs 6.175 kg and is made of solid 18-carat gold with a base of semi-precious malachite. To accommodate this prestigious prize, Louis Vuitton has produced a special-order travel case – handmade by master craftsmen at the historic Asnières workshop near Paris.
The case created for Russia is covered in beautiful, lightweight yet hardwearing, laser-engraved Monogram Titanium. The trunk’s eight corners are protected with Louis Vuitton’s celebrated natural cowhide leather, and the lock and six clasps are made in ruthenium, a strong dark-grey metal, which has the chemical symbol Ru and was named after this year’s FIFA World Cup host.