Russia has received the Zlatan Ibrahimovic seal of approval with the LA Galaxy star saying the country will be "amazing" World Cup hosts.
The 36 year-old won't be playing in Sweden, despite speculation in the past few months that he might re-think his international retirement for one last hoorah at the tournament.
However, he suggested that he will be in attendance in Russia for "the biggest party in the world."
“I think it will be amazing. Russia is a huge country with a lot of people. It will be nice having a World Cup there. I would not miss it," he told FIFA.
He also revealed his tips for the tournament.
“I think Brazil, Spain, Germany, and obviously Sweden. Argentina also - even if they don’t want to speak about themselves as favourites, they are."
"I am sorry the US is not in the World Cup because that’s my new country where I live, and I would support them also,” he added.
Zlatan joined the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS at the start of the year, having concluded a trophy-laden club career in Europe with Ajax, Juventus, Barcelona, AC Milan, PSG and Manchester United.
He is Sweden's all-time top goalscorer, having netted 62 goals in 116 matches before departing the international scene after Euro 2016 in France.
This will be Sweden's first World Cup since the 2006 tournament in Germany. They've been drawn against the Germans in Group F, along with Mexico and South Korea.