Thursday, 14 June 2018

PHOTOS from the #WorldCupRussia2018 Opening Ceremony tonight

The coveted World Cup was presented in front of the fans at the Luzhniki Stadium by Iker Casillas and a Russian supermodel ahead of the opening ceremony.
A cohort of dressed-up performers wave a massive banner with the logo of the tournament on it as the ceremony started
Casillas and Natalia Vodianova paraded the trophy in a stylish Louis Vuitton case prior to kick-off in the opening game between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia. Former Spain and Real Madrid captain Casillas, who won the World Cup in 2010, was seen holding aloft the trophy in front of the excited fans on Thursday afternoon.
After Casillas' appearance on the pitch, Robbie Williams entertained the crowd by singing a hit of his classics during the colourful opening ceremony.
Casillas and the Russian supermodel carried the Louis Vuitton case onto the pitch
Iker Casillas and Natalia Vodianova present the World Cup on the Luzhniki Stadium pitch
The former Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper holds the trophy aloft in front of the excited fansCasillas, who won the World Cup in 2010, shows off the coveted trophy in front of the fans
Casillas raises his hand to acknowledge the crowd after placing the trophy on a plinth, denoting it is up for grabs once more
The 37-year-old paraded the trophy to all sides of the ground on Thursday afternoon
The singer had earlier given fans a peace symbol before his performance in front of a packed crowd at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow
Robbie Williams entertained the crowd during the opening ceremony at the Luzhniki Stadium
The Stoke-born singer takes to the stage as the dancers get into the spirit of the occasion during a lively performance in Moscow
The 44-year-old former Take That star opened with his 1998 single 'Let Me Entertain You' at the start of the proceedings
Williams and opera star Aida Garifullina perform the smash hit 'Angels' in front of thousands of fans at Moscow's stadium
An entertainer balances on top of an inflatable football and juggles a further three as fire blazes behind him and the huge crowd watches in awe
Artists perform before the Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia, which opens the 2018 soccer World Cup
A host of dancers line the field, wearing footballs around their neck, as they dance to Robbie Williams' songs
A huge number of dancers and performers were employed by the organisers in what will go down as one of the most colourful displays in recent memory
Brazilian football legend, and former World Cup winner in 2002, Ronaldo was in attendance as the show kicked off in style
Ronaldo and a child from the host nation had a kickabout with the mascot for this year's tournament while dancers moved around them
Performers dressed in outfits with markings like a football pitch carry out jaw-dropping acrobatics in front of the crowd of 80,000 plus
The spectacular show took place on the pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow moments before kick-off between Russia and Saudi Arabia

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