‘Robbie Williams has ruined the World Cup before it’s even started’: Opening ceremony not to everyone’s taste but some fans hail ‘brilliant’ show as Brit kicks off Russia 2018 in Moscow
Robbie Williams divided opinion as he headlined Thursday’s opening ceremony ahead of the World Cup in Russia.
Fans at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium and millions watching around the globe witnessed Robbie Williams perform three tracks, including his 1998 single ‘Let Me Entertain You’ and 2002 hit ‘Feel’.
Williams, who was briefly joined on the pitch by Ronaldo and Miss Russia 2003 Victoria Lopyreva, also belted out ‘Angels’ as a duet with operatic performer Aida Garifullina.
Robbie Williams headlined the World Cup opening ceremony at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium
British pop sensation Williams wore a loud red suit while back up dancers also dressed in red
The 44-year-old’s performance was full of energy but it divided opinion among viewers
Former Spain captain Iker Casillas, 37, and 36-year-old Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova had earlier brought the trophy out onto the pitch ahead of the festivities.
The ceremony’s grand finale lasted little more than 10 minutes, but Robbie made a strong impression nevertheless.
The 44-year-old wore a loud red suit, sparking multiple Twitter users to make reference to his ‘sauce’.
Caught up by World Cup fever, many football fans loved Robbie’s energetic cameo, with words like ‘brilliant’ and ‘awesome’ used.
Not everyone enjoyed the British pop icon’s performance though.
One unimpressed witness tweeted: ’40 seconds into Robbie Williams and this is already the worst World Cup ever.’
Another added: ‘Robbie Williams has ruined the World Cup before it’s even started. Brilliant’.
And a user called Josh wrote: ‘Robbie Williams doing the opening ceremony. The two lowest ranked teams to kick off the World Cup, hopefully this doesn’t reflect the tournament’.
Never one to shy away from controversy, Robbie cheekily raised his middle finger at the camera before exiting the field.
Williams raised his middle finger towards a camera as he exited the pitch on Thursday evening
Author: Nancy Parker
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