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Robbie Williams is excited to be performing at the World Cup opening ceremony

Robbie Williams is excited to be performing at the World Cup opening ceremony

During the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, the former Take That singer made a decision to give the "one finger salute" to the entire world!

He said earlier that he was "happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance".

It happened. The British singer-songwriter, Robbie Williams flipped middle finger during his live performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony.

Ultimately, after Aida Garifullina, a Russian soprano, arrived on a giant phoenix, she and Robbie sang his song, "Angels".

With a shorter duration and held closer to kickoff, as compared to previous editions, an opening ceremony here at the Luzhniki Stadium raised curtains to the FIFA World Cup 2018 on Thursday.

The ceremony precedes the World Cup's first game, between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia.

They will be joined by Brazil's two-time World Cup victor Ronaldo at Thursday's show, which will be held just 30 minutes before the kick-off to the first match between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia. 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.

"Of course it is also an emotional one for the hosts", he told FIFA's official website.

Williams was performing in front of 80,000 World Cup 2018 crowd at the stadium, and a global television audience of tens of millions.

"As of today, for one month football will conquer Russian Federation and from Russian Federation football will conquer the whole world - enjoy the biggest celebration on earth", he said. "So we're speaking to all of them".

Former Take That singer Robbie Williams was the highlight of the show after he was announced on short notice as a headline act, and he didn't fail to live up to his expectations as a star entertainer of his generation.

Earlier in the day, the World Cup trophy itself was delivered into the Luzhniki Stadium - where the final will take place in 31 days - by Iker Casillas, a man already well acquainted with the feeling of hoisting it aloft.

Putin welcomed all present to "the planet's biggest football tournament" and in his long speech, talked about the great power of football.