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. There was a amusing moment as Ronaldo tried to pass the ball to the mascot in ceremonial "first kick".
Not a real reason was given, and Robbie continued his performance.
Usually, the competition is opened by a brief celebration which features exciting musical performances and an array of exotic displays - this edition is no different.
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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. "And, of course, our show will be about football and love".
Before the game, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the fans and players, saying: "Russians love football, it is what we call love at first sight, ever since the first official match was held in the country in 1897".
Russian musicians featured heavily, from harpist and composer Alexander Boldachev to pianist Daniil Trifonov and Garifullina, who performed a duet with Williams.
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But he still managed to court controversy when he made a rude gesture at the camera while singing his song Rock DJ, which appeared to take place after ITV stopped airing the performance in the UK.
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA via Getty Images Football legend Ronaldo and Zabivaka, the Russian mascot of the FIFA World Cup, were seen kicking around the ball.
"Robbie Williams doing Robbie Williams things haha ideal start to the World Cup", another person tweeted.
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 attractive game.
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