Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

UK Pop Star Robbie Williams Kicks Off World Cup With His Finger

Ronaldo has won the World Cup twice with Brazil Ronaldo has won the World Cup twice with Brazil
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# Russian singer Aida Garifullina came out onto the pitch on the back of a huge firebird as dancers and performers let bird-kites fly.

A major United States broadcaster has apologised to viewers over Robbie Williams's one-finger salute.

Ronaldo and World Cup mascot Zabivaka made a symbolic first kick with an official match ball - a ball which was sent into space with an International Space Station in March, returning to earth on June 3.

Robbie Williams turned the air blue at the FIFA 2018 World Cup before the action on the pitch had even began, flipping the finger at a cameraman as he opened the football event in Russian Federation.

Tomorrow Morocco's kick-off game against Iran will take place in the St. Petersburg Stadium at 3:00 p.m.

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Earlier, Williams kicked off a mini pre-show rehearsal on his Instagram, filming himself getting ready for his World Cup performance.

As far as opening ceremonies go, Russian Federation can be proud with the bonanza they laid on, which performed the impossible in raising excitement levels further while not boring its worldwide viewers. I've done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream ...

As Aida Garifullina left the stage, RW started grooving on the stage signaling the crowd to join him as he started singing Rock DJ.

The showpiece event will begin with hosts Russian Federation crossing swords with Saudi Arabia in the Group A in the opening match.

"I am not saying Robbie Williams at the World Cup is the worst thing I have ever seen but it is definitely up there", one viewer wrote.

Football fans exploded on Twitter after noticing the ageing singer stick his middle finger up when leaving the pitch following a performance of his hit song Angels as part of Thursday afternoon's proceedings.

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