Like every World Cups, this year too there was a stunning opening ceremony in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia.
Russian Federation went on to win the opening game 5-0 against Saudi Arabia.
Ronaldo dummied the opening kick, allowing a child to pass the ball to mascot Zabivaka.
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The ceremony reportedly directed by the Russian state Channel One featured, song, dance pyrotechnics and even pop legend Robbie Williams. The Guardian reported that he had said he was "happy and excited" and to perform at the opening, and that it was the "fulfillment of a boyhood dream". After a long gap of 4 years, today the 21 World Cup started in Russian Federation. When speaking with Telegraph, some of the tournament organizers said that, "It is interesting that football events are usually opened by opera stars, because classical music is a universal code understood by residents of every country". I don't have to watch a single game I'll still say this is already the best", as a third continued: "I think Robbie Williams was p***ed off at the camera man. the bird flipped on live tv.
It put the seal on a sensational and unexpected start to the World Cup for the hosts - and gives them a real chance of qualifying from the group stage.
Why the 44-year-old chose to be a bit cheeky during his massive performance is now unknown, but several outlets report the gesture may have breached Russia's broadcast guidelines.
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Williams was then joined on the set by Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina, who arrived on the back of a giant fiery eagle.
An expert panel is brought together to come to a final decision on whether a profanity violates the laws, so we don't know if Williams will be hit with a fine just yet.
There was an also impromptu change of lyrics in the middle of "Rock DJ", as "Pimping ain't easy, majority fleece me", became "but I did this for free".
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She performed a duet of Williams' smash-hit Angels with the Stoke-born singer, who also closed the ceremony with the hit.