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Gianluca Costantini is famous in his native Italy for his satirical drawings. Here he depicts rival superstar footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in advance of the Russia 2018 World Cup. Here are some of his other depictions of the tournament.

Hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia are pitted against each other in the World Cup’s opening match on Thursday, June 14.

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez has history in the World Cup — the Barcelona forward will hope to avoid controversy in his third tournament, while 45-year-old Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary will be playing in his first.

Argentina and Iceland will face off in the Group D opener on June 16 — the so-called “Group of Death.” Both Sergio “Kun” Aguero of Argentina and Iceland’s Gylfi Sigurdsson suffered knee injuries prior to the World Cup.

Brazil and Switzerland who are in Group E play each other on June 17.

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