Ronaldo and Robbie Williams star in opening ceremony

World Cup 2018 Opening Ceremony

World Cup 2018 Opening Ceremony

British singer Robbie Williams performs during the World Cup opening ceremony on Thursday. After so much hard work, suddenly the whole world is gathered in your backyard to celebrate their love for football.

Right before kick-off, Russian President Vladimir Putin emerged to huge cheers from the Moscow crowd, saying a hospitable Russia would showcase sport overcoming differences, amid sanctions imposed on the country following its seizure of Crimea from Ukraine four years ago.

The Trophy Tour has been a great platform to get the entire world and the host country excited for the 2018 FIFA World Cup that kicks off in less than one week.

English musician Robbie Williams performs during the Russia World Cup opening ceremony before the tournament's first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14, 2018 at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Meanwhile back on the pitch, the opening match saw home nation Russian Federation take on Saudi Arabia.

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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After Meghan Markle confirmed her father Thomas won't attend the wedding, Prince Charles offered to walk the bride down the aisle. She made her Buckingham Palace balcony debut after Saturday's Trooping the Colour to help the Queen celebrate turning 92.

Some 80,000 fans are expected to be in attendance while millions more will watch the live broadcast around the world.

Sony Pictures has put a dedicated page for FIFA World Cup 2018 where football fans will get all the highlights, scores, match snippets, interviews and more. "Of course it is also an emotional one for the hosts". While Peru was thrilled to be heading to the World Cup again, it certainly wasn't without some bumps.

Former Take That singer Williams, wearing a red and black leopard print suit, then took over proceedings with a rendition of Let Me Entertain You, before Garifullina was carried out on to the pitch on the back of a "firebird" float.

Operatic singer Aida Garifullina then outdid everyone by arriving on a very big mechanical phoenix, before duetting with Robbie on "Angels".

Federation Internationale de Football Association have been urged by African delegates to introduce a rotation system for World Cup hosting after Morocco lost the 2026 bid to North America yesterday.

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

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