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FIFA World Cup 2018 opening ceremony: Colours and music mark the beginning of the World Cup

The 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium.

FIFA World Cup opening ceremony

The 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia on Thursday. The opening ceremony started off with 2010 World Cup winning former Spain captain Iker Casillas presenting the trophy in the stadium. That was followed by a prerecorded video which featured violinist Yuri Bashmet and pianist Daniil Trifonov playing a Tchaikovski composition. This was followed by Ronaldo walking onto the pitch with Robbie Williams taking over. Russian soprano Aida Garifullina joined him in the middle and the British pop star belted out Queen's Let Me Entertain you before singing snippets of some of his own songs. (Source: Reuters)

FIFA World Cup opening ceremony

Iker Casillas walked out with Natalia Vodianova to present the World Cup trophy. (Source: Reuters)

FIFA World Cup opening ceremony

Robbie Williams took over and was the main focus much of the opening ceremony. (Source: Reuters)

FIFA World Cup opening ceremony

Aida Garifullina made an entry on what looked like a giant fiery bird-shaped carriage. (Source: AP)

FIFA World Cup opening ceremony

Brazilian legend Ronaldo was also present with the mascot Zabivaka. (Source: Reuters)

FIFA World Cup opening ceremony

Dancers were dressed in colours of different countries participating in the tournament. (Source: Reuters)

FIFA World Cup opening ceremony

An artist juggles the tournament's official match ball, Adidas Telstar 18. (Source: AP)

FIFA World Cup opening ceremony

The opening ceremony ended with speeches from Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA president Gianni Infantino. (Source: AP)