Brazil Legend Ronaldo To Participate In Opening Ceremony

2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony: All you need to know

The first day of the 2018 World Cup is upon us, with hosts Russian Federation taking on Saudi Arabia in the tournament's opening game in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium. "Of course it is also an emotional one for the hosts".

Speaking to Reuters on Tuesday after a rehearsal for the show, Williams said he will be performing "a medley, a smorgasbord of my greatest hits" alongside Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.

The former Take That singer and United Kingdom music icon kicked off the 2018 FIFA World Cup in usual form, performing at the June 14 event - until he got close to the camera.

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.

"Football is truly loved here".

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

Prior to the opening match between Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation, the 44-year-old pop star wowed the 80,000-strong crowd at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium with a rousing rendition of his 1998 smash hit "Let Me Entertain You", bedecked in a red leopard-print suit. "I felt that in Brazil four years ago and I am now happy to share this excitement with the Russians as well".

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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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The former Take That star opened the set by strutting on to the football pitch to the sound of his 1998 single Let Me Entertain You, wearing a red leopard print suit and black shirt.

Since 2006, every new edition of the FIFA World Cup™ has brought with it the promise of a new Trophy Tour travelling and touching down in new cities and meeting new fans.

Although he won't be part of the exhaustive digital and television coverage for the FIFA World Cup, the reigning Afrobeats kingpin is still backing his boys, the nationalistic sentiment never any stronger.

Twitterati was left divided over the quality of the opening ceremony.

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