Russian Federation went on to win the opening game 5-0 against Saudi Arabia.
Subsequently, Ronaldo brought the official ball onto the pitch to symbolise the hand-over, as the last World Cup took place in his native country of Brazil.
A second put: "Robbie Williams just crushed opening ceremony and flipped off the audience after he was done".
The 2018 World Cup begins today, but while many are waiting for the games to begin, others are looking forward to the opening ceremony.
Robbie said: "I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance". Still, he also said that he would avoid performing it at the World Cup opening ceremony.
People from all over the world have gathered around here so they can see Russia's largest stadium announcing the start of the month-long global football festival.
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# The opening ceremony begun with a montage of what Russian Federation is all about and a kid playing football through the iconic places in the country. He had been expected to perform the World Cup's official song, Colours, at the celebratory bash. For his set, Williams delivered his song "Let Me Entertain You", decked out in a red and black, animal-printed suit.
Middle finger up at the cameraRobbie Williams and Aida Garifullina perform during the opening ceremony.
The singer's gesture came during his performance in Moscow this morning.
She performed a duet of Williams' smash-hit Angels with the Stoke-born singer, who also closed the ceremony with the hit.
There was an also impromptu change of lyrics in the middle of "Rock DJ", as "Pimping ain't easy, majority fleece me", became "but I did this for free".
However, the artist did not manage to entirely steer clear of controversy, thanks to his middle-finger gesture to the cameras, as he left the pitch.