Robbie Williams’ finger-show to the screen and in turn to millions of viewers around the world is now picking up steam on social media. That certainly would go down as a candidate for the top 10 standout World Cup moments videos and listicles that will be made in the future. The opening ceremony itself looked like a rather hurried up affair with Russian, Robbie Williams and Aida Garifullina’s music all smashed together with some football peppered in between. There was no Will Smith and Nicky Jam though, unlike what some (LIVE Russia vs Saudi Arabia|Follow Malayalam updates here)
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A long-time Kremlin critic lambasted Robbie Williams for deciding to sing at the World Cup opening ceremony in Moscow on Thursday, while a campaign group offered to brief the British pop star on Russia's human rights record.
British businessman Bill Browder, who accuses President Vladimir Putin of conducting a personal vendetta against him, took to Twitter to question why Williams was performing while Russia was under western sanctions.
"There's lots of ways to make money @robbiewilliams, but selling your soul to a dictator shouldn't be one of them. Shame on you," Browder wrote. Russia is keen to use the soccer tournament to signal that despite the sanctions, imposed over its 2014 annexation of Crimea and role in a rebellion in eastern Ukraine, it remains a top player on the global stage.
The singer's PR team declined comment. However, Williams, who has previously sung at private parties organised by wealthy Russians, told Reuters he liked visiting the country and performing at the opening ceremony was an honour.