UK Pop Star Robbie Williams Kicks Off World Cup With His Finger

Ronaldo has won the World Cup twice with Brazil

Ronaldo has won the World Cup twice with Brazil

After weeks anxiously waiting for the tournament to kick-off in Russian Federation, football fans have got their wish, with Robbie Williams and Vladimir Putin leading the way at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Before turning to Russia's opening game against Saudi Arabia, however, there was a word from Russian president Vladimir Putin and Federation Internationale de Football Association equivalent Gianni Infantino.

The curtain for the illustrious and long-awaited Russia World Cup 2018 will be raised in an mesmerizing and eye catching opening ceremony at Luzhniki stadium, Russia.

# Ronaldo (the original one) walked out onto the pitch accompanied with World Cup 2018 mascot.

Many were left surprised when Federation Internationale de Football Association announced they had lined up the former Take That member to perform at the opening ceremony.

"As of today, for one month football will conquer Russian Federation and from Russian Federation football will conquer the whole world - enjoy the biggest celebration on earth", Infantino said in English.

After the performance, he was joined on-stage for a duet of "Angels" with opera singer Aida Garifullina - but as he closed out the ceremony with number one hit "Rock DJ", he "flipped the bird" to viewers.

For the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup opening ceremony, FIFA has announced that Robbie Williams and Aida Garifullina will grace the stadium to bless guests and viewers worldwide with noteworthy musical performances.

HOW TO WATCH THE WORLD CUP OPENING CEREMONY ONLINE: The live stream information for the World Cup games is the same as for the opening ceremony.

"We are proud to be able to bring unforgettable emotions to hundreds of thousands football fans and make them feel part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup which is about to start in a few days".

"Of course it is also an emotional one for the hosts", he told FIFA's official website. "I felt that in Brazil four years ago and I am now happy to share this excitement with the Russians as well".

English singer Robbie Williams headlined the ceremony with his 1997 hit "Let me entertain you".

The 2018 Federation Internationale de Football Association world cup is already upon us.

Nice to see England players keeping their Twitter game strong on World Cup day.

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