Considered to be the world's most coveted prize, it arrived on Friday at the Juan Santamaria International Airport in the capital, reports Xinhua.

Costa Rica's Deputy Vice-President Luis Liberman and a host of national athletes were there to receive it.

The cup arrived after travelling to Tahiti, Fiji and Vanuatu and will remain in Costa Rica three days before continuing its regional tour to members of the 34 football federations that comprise the Confederation of North American, Central American and Caribbean Football Associations (CONCACAF).

The trophy will be placed over the weekend at a centre, where thousands of fans will have the opportunity to get an up-close and personal.

The trophy's global tour will last nine months.

(Agencies)

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