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Ronaldo and Robbie Williams star in opening ceremony

14 June, 2018, 19:26 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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The award-winning singer formerly in the band Take That, who is best known for his hit single "Angels", will sing alongside Russian soprano Aida Garifullina shortly before Russia and Saudi Arabia kick off the World Cup at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

The 2018 World Cup is getting ready to kick off in Russian Federation, and broadcasters and streaming services are preparing enhanced coverage for the event.

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) said this year's opening ceremony will have a "slightly different format", focusing on "musical acts and will take place much closer to kick-off".

No details were given about the role Ronaldo will play in the ceremony, whose creative director is local producer Felix Mikhailov.

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"I never imagined I would be part of this huge celebration, the World Cup, happening in my own country", says the soloist from the Vienna State Opera. "And, on 15 July, we will find out for whom this precious dream will come true, back on the same stage, after a month-long festival of football in Russian Federation".

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the football legend - who won the Jules Rimet Cup, used as the World Cup trophy from 1930-1970, three times - is one of the main guests invited at the opening ceremony in Luzhniki Stadium.

The World Cup kicks off in Moscow on Thursday, with United Kingdom pop star Robbie Williams and Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina set to perform at the opening ceremony held before the first match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The opening ceremony was followed by the first match between hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia. "And, of course, our show will be about football and love".

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