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Robbie Williams lights up World Cup opening ceremony 2018

Written by on June 14, 2018

Robbie Williams opened the World Cup in Russia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Thursday.

The former Take That man opened with “Let Me Entertain You”, wearing a red printed suit and black shirt, ahead of kick-off between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, the two lowest ranked sides in the tournament.

Russian operatic soprano Aida Garifullina then made her way onto the playing field, riding on what appeared to be a large phoenix.Williams then started to sing his other single Feel while the word “Love” was spelled out by dancers on the pitch.Williams and Garifullina joined forces for a duet of his single Angels as the crowd at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium sang along.

World Cup and Brazil legend Ronaldo also made an appearance alongside the mascot as part of the ceremony, watched by 81,000 in attendance at the Luzhniki, where the final will be held in just over a month’s time.

Williams had been criticised for performing in Russia but said he was fulfilling a ‘boyhood dream’ in doing so.“I’m so happy and excited to be going back to Russia for such a unique performance,” he said.“I’ve done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream.

We’d like to invite football and music fans to party with us in Russia, in the stadium, or to tune in their TVs a little earlier for an unforgettable show.”

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