After the performance, he was joined on-stage for a duet of "Angels" with opera singer Aida Garifullina - but as he closed out the ceremony with number one hit "Rock DJ", he "flipped the bird" to viewers. Here is a look at the top livestreaming options for the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2018 World Cup in Russia, which starts from today. Their captain, Paolo Guerrero, tested positive for a banned substance a year ago and was due to miss the World Cup in Russian Federation.
"Thank you President Putin and thank you Moscow".
Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the football legend - who won the Jules Rimet Cup, used as the World Cup trophy from 1930-1970, three times - is one of the main guests invited at the opening ceremony in Luzhniki Stadium. Putin said he hoped fans, players and officials enjoy their stay in Russian Federation during the World Cup, reports Xinhua news agency.
Before taking to the pitch for the opening ceremony, which the singer described as a "pinch me moment", Williams admitted that he was not feeling too hopeful about England's efforts in the tournament.
In the past, Kraft has said the World Cup exemplifies the greatness of athletic competition, specifically the way it brings together all nationalities and backgrounds.
If Williams really wanted to protest, he could have performed his song "Party like a Russian", which mocks Russian oligarchs for stealing money from their own people to fund their lavish lifestyles.
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Williams said: "I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance".
Robbie Williams, the English pop-star started the gala with his one of the most iconic songs of all time, "Let me entertain you".
As is the norm, the hosts will play the opener and just 30 minutes before Russia's Group A clash with Saudi Arabia, Williams and Co. will enthral the thousands in attendance and millions watching worldwide with their virtuoso performances.
Usually, the competition is opened by a brief celebration which features exciting musical performances and an array of exotic displays - this edition is no different.
Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull were headlines acts at the 2014 opening ceremony in Brazil.