Ronaldo and Robbie Williams star in opening ceremony

Ronaldo has won the World Cup twice with Brazil

Ronaldo has won the World Cup twice with Brazil

Thousands of fans turned out at the opening event and were treated to a performances by Russian and global musicians as well as a viewing of the World Cup trophy.

Williams said: "I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance". "We'd like to invite football and music fans to party with us in Russian Federation, in the stadium, or to tune in their TVs a little earlier for an unforgettable show".

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo - known as "O Fenomeno" - will also be taking part in the opening ceremony, Federation Internationale de Football Association said.

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) said this year's opening ceremony will have a "slightly different format", focusing on "musical acts and will take place much closer to kick-off". "Come on Russian Federation, we can win!"

"The opening match is always a very symbolic one - it is that instant when you realise that the big moment you, as a player or fan, have been waiting for four years has finally arrived". The service is also releasing "Match 360/Tactical Cam" views that provide behind-the-scenes footage two hours before each match kickoff, a high-angle view above one of the goals and a "Cable Cam" view from a camera suspended above the pitch.

The pop star was singing at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow before the first game of the tournament when he showed his middle finger to the TV cameras, with hundreds of millions of viewers expected to tune in.

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.

The 2018 World Cup kicked off in Russian Federation on Thursday with the opening ceremony, and entertainer Robbie Williams had an interesting message for the world. "And, of course, our show will be about football and love".

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