The waiting is over — the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia has finally begun.
On Thursday, English pop singer Robbie Williams and Russian opera singer Aida Garifullina joined forces to deliver a memorable three-song concert ahead of the tournament’s opening match between host country Russia and Group A opponents Saudi Arabia.
The opening ceremony had everything — from gymnastics and pyrotechnics to Williams giving the FOX TV camera the middle finger.
Russian president Vladimir Putin even delivered a speech.
Check out all the best, most mesmerising, and controversial photographs from the opening ceremony below.
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This is the official 2018 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony. The view from above doesn’t look too shabby…
…and a close-up of the action looks even more impressive.
English singer Robbie Williams was a focal point of the World Cup opening ceremony. Before the event, he told ITV that, when he was a boy, he dreamed of performing in the tournament as a soccer player and that now he’s an adult, he’ll have to settle for singing at one instead.
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