Thursday, 14 June 2018

World Cup 2018 Opening Ceremony Performance



British singer Robbie Williams and Brazil legend Ronaldo got the 2018 World Cup in Russia under way with the opening ceremony in Moscow.

 
Williams performed a series of his hits, joined by Russian soprano Aida Garifullina, prior to the hosts' opening .


Ronaldo dummied the opening kick, allowing a child to pass the ball to mascot Zabivaka.
Russian president Vladimir Putin then gave a speech at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Putin addressed the crowd before the opening match of the World Cup kicked off at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow

"We are sincerely happy to host the World Cup in our country," he said.


"Football is truly loved here. Russia is an open, hospitable and friendly country."


The Stoke-born singer takes to the stage as the dancers get into the spirit of the occasion during a lively performance in Moscow
Robbie Williams

The 44-year-old former Take That star opened with his 1998 single 'Let Me Entertain You' at the start of the proceedings

Williams and opera star Aida Garifullina perform the smash hit 'Angels' in front of thousands of fans at Moscow's stadium

Artists perform before the Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia, which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup

An entertainer balances on top of an inflatable football and juggles a further three as fire blazes behind him and the huge crowd watches in awe

Former Spain captain Iker Casillas lifted the World Cup in 2010 and brought the trophy out ahead of the ceremony
Goalkeeper Casillas and model Natalia Vodianova show the World Cup trophy

Casillas raises his hand to acknowledge the crowd after placing the trophy on a plinth, denoting it is up for grabs once more

A cohort of dressed-up performers wave a massive banner with the logo of the tournament on it as the ceremony started

A host of dancers line the field, wearing footballs around their neck, as they dance to Robbie Williams' songs

A huge number of dancers and performers were employed by the organisers in what will go down as one of the most colourful displays in recent memory

Brazilian football legend, and former World Cup winner in 2002, Ronaldo was in attendance as the show kicked off in style
Brazilian football legend, and former World Cup winner in 2002, Ronaldo

Ronaldo and a child from the host nation had a kickabout with the mascot for this year's tournament while dancers moved around them

Performers dressed in outfits with markings like a football pitch carry out jaw-dropping acrobatics in front of the crowd of 80,000 plus

The spectacular show took place on the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow moments before kick-off between Russia and Saudi Arabia








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