“He tried to use soccer not just as a sport but as an element of cooperation between nations and peoples. He’s someone who should get the Nobel Peace Prize.”
president Vladimir Putin
on suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter
. Speaking at his annual year-end press conference, Putin said Blatter was a “very respected person” who had
“done a great deal for the development of world soccer” and made a “colossal” humanitarian contribution. Putin also praised Donald Trump
as "bright and talented."