Indeed, the legendary Brazilian striker came on, dummied a penalty against Zabivaka the dog, the official 2018 World Cup mascot, waved to the crowd and returned from whence he came.
Robbie Williams performs during the opening ceremony prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018, in Moscow, Russia. Ahead of Thursday's opening ceremony, many onlookers had criticised Robbie for accepting the gig.
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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.
The ceremony will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, the largest stadium in the country with a seating capacity of 80,000, which is also where the final of the tournament will be held.
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While these superstars were singing and dancing on the floor, the official match ball arrived in the stadium in the hands of Victoria Lopyreva, Russian Tv Presenter, and Miss Russia Winner.
The opening ceremony was due to be followed by a match between the host team and Saudi Arabia. Along with Williams, celebrated Russian soprano Aida Garifullina later joined him on stage.
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I'm sure that would have gone over splendidly with Russian president Vladimir Putin, who watched the game alongside Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Gianni Infantino and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud. As the Country president walked away, the Federation Internationale de Football Association president, Gianni Infantino spoke a few words and signaled to start this mega tournament.