Robbie Williams enthralls fans as FIFA WC kicks off with bang

Angelica Greene
June 15, 2018

The 2018 World Cup kicked off in Moscow today, and before the opening match between host-nation Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia the world was treated to an opening ceremony featuring musician Robbie Williams, Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo, and lots of people juggling and/or dressed as soccer balls.

Robbie Williams performed at the opening ceremony.

FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola finished in Moscow after a Tour across Russia and the globe just a few days before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ kicks off at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. However, we were all reminded of him on Thursday when he chose to flip off cameras filming his opening ceremony performance ahead of the first World Cup game. One does not have to be dependent on their television screen to watch the football World Cup this year.

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He said when his performance at the ceremony was announced on Monday that it was "a boyhood dream" and would be "an unforgettable show".

The 44 year old delighted with a setlist which included classics Angels and Let Me Entertain You yet all the talk was about his signal, not the singing, on Thursday.

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Thirty minutes before the Group A opener between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, the show began with a performance of work by celebrated Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

Speaking to RT, former Chelsea and AC Milan defender Desailly said the enthusiasm in Russian Federation as it prepares it to host its first-ever World Cup is evidence that the nation is well and truly in love with the handsome game.

The showpiece event will begin with hosts Russian Federation crossing swords with Saudi Arabia in the Group A in the opening match. Around 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists will also be performing in an opening extravaganza that will pay homage to all things Russian.

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Robbie Williams marred what had been a vintage performance of his greatest hits during the World Cup's opening ceremony by signing off with an obscene hand gesture.

It will be recalled that the 2014 World Cup opening ceremony in Brazil was headlined by Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez.

Other reports by GizPress

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