Brazilian legendary footballer Cristiano Ronaldo will be part of the FIFA World Cup 2018 opening ceremony on Thursday before the first match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia. Football governing body FIFA said in a statement on Monday that British pop star Robbie Williams and Russian Soprano Ada Garifullina will also participate in a revised edition of the traditional pre-tournament extensenza at the Lužniki Stadium in Moscow.
“The initial match is always very symbolic – it happens when you feel that you are waiting for a big moment in the form of a player or fan, eventually waiting for four years,” in FIFA World Cup 1994 The winner said Cristiano Ronaldo and 2002.
Contrary to previous versions, this year’s inauguration ceremony will be only half an hour before the curtain-rowers match, with a strong focus on the music works
Some 80,000 fans are expected to be in attendance while millions of people will watch live broadcasts worldwide.
Cristiano Ronaldo said, “Nobody knows what will happen in the four weeks of the tournament, but everyone is sure that it will be memorable.”
“Certainly this is also emotional for the hosts, after so much hard work, suddenly the whole world was assembled to celebrate my love for football in my backyard. I felt that in Brazil four years ago and now I am sharing I’m happy with Russians too. ”
No description was given about the role of Cristiano Ronaldo in the ceremony, with the creative director of local producer Felix Mikhailov.
Williams said, “We want to invite football and music fans to party with us to tune into our TV in Russia, at the stadium, or for an unforgettable show.”
Meanwhile, another Brazilian legend Pelé could not be part of the opening ceremony and the inaugural match of the FIFA World Cup on June 14, who canceled his scheduled trip to Russia due to ill health.
Pelé’s spokesman did not confirm his absence but said that he had some problems with his feet and a clear picture about his presence would emerge on Tuesday. His spokesman said, “He is feeling sick, he has problems in his feet.”
Edson Arantes Nascimento, football legend – who won the Jules Remat Cup used as World Cup trophy from 1930-1970, three times – is one of the main guests invited to inaugurate at the Luzhniki Stadium.