Robbie Williams shows middle finger on TV during World Cup opening ceremony

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After weeks anxiously waiting for the tournament to kick-off in Russian Federation, football fans have got their wish, with Robbie Williams and Vladimir Putin leading the way at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The opening game is between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia and it follows the ceremony, beginning at 11 a.m. ET, according to FIFA.

Prior to the opening match between Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation, the 44-year-old pop star wowed the 80,000-strong crowd at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium with a rousing rendition of his 1998 smash hit "Let Me Entertain You", bedecked in a red leopard-print suit.

Williams has been quite active on the football front lately as he was seen gracing the hallowed grounds of Old Trafford for the Soccer Aid for Unicef Match on the weekend.

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Ronaldo was part of the triumphant Brazil squad at the 1994 World Cup, albeit he did not feature, and then claimed the Golden Boot with eight goals as he led his nation to the trophy eight years later. After so much hard work, suddenly the whole world is gathered in your backyard to celebrate their love for football.

While performing at the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow, just before the opening match between Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, British pop star Robbie Williams decided that it was time for the world to see his middle finger. The opening ceremony is held in Luzhniki Stadium, which will also host the final, according to Telegraph.

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Spanish World Cup victor Iker Casillas, alongside Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova, brought the World Cup trophy onto the pitch in a sleek Louis Vuitton travel case, before Williams opened the song and dance numbers with the ever-reliable Let Me Entertain You.

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Williams finished his performance with his 2000 song "Rock DJ".

The football fever is back in full swing with the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Instead, many viewers spent the opening minutes of ITV's World Cup coverage simply admiring their fancy Red Square studio.

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The 2026 World Cup will have 48 teams playing a total of 80 games - 60 are planned in the US and 10 each in Canada and Mexico. The North American bid was in better shape to host the World Cup.

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