Robbie Williams set for World Cup opening ceremony

Thomas Meunier Belgium

Others who are among the all-time leading goalscorers in FIFA World Cup history, according to Transfermarkt, are Jurgen Klinsmann, Sandor Kocsis, Teofilo Cubillas, Grzegorz Lato, Thomas Muller, Helmut Rahn, Gabriel Batistuta and Gary Lineker.

Williams said he was "happy and excited" about the "unique performance" in front of 80,000 fans and many millions all over the world and that it was a boyhood dream.

Additionally, Russian soprano Aida Garifullina will perform alongside Williams while Brazilian soccer star Ronaldo - a two time World Cup champion - is also present during the opening ceremony, according to Federation Internationale de Football Association.

Brazil's two-time World Cup victor Ronaldo will also feature in a ceremony billed as consisting of a new format.

This time, the ceremony will focus on musical acts and will take place much closer to kick-off, just half an hour before the start of the match.

David Silva Spain
Robbie Williams set for World Cup opening ceremony

"I never imagined I would be part of this huge celebration, the World Cup, happening in my own country", the soloist from the Vienna State Opera said.

The former Take That star will perform at the opening ceremony at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium along with Russian soprano Aida Garifullina. "No one knows what will happen in the four weeks of the tournament, but everyone is sure that it will be memorable", believes "o Fenômeno" Ronaldo.

Trump also assured that the USA would hold the tournament "in a similarly open and festive manner" as the 1996 and 2002 Olympic Games that the USA hosted, the Times reported.

Federation Internationale de Football Association has confirmed that 2.4 million tickets have already been sold for the 64-game competition, which will kick off Thursday when the hosts face Saudi Arabia in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Read on for a look at what to know ahead of the opening ceremony. "And, of course, our show will be about football and love".

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