Robbie Williams makes vulgar gesture during World Cup opening ceremony performance

Ronaldo won the golden boot in 2002

Ronaldo won the golden boot in 2002

One fan tweeted a picture of star with the caption: "Robbie Williams has accurately conveyed my feeling towards this World Cup".

About 80,000 people are expected to be in attendance at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium as the host team Russian Federation faces Saudi Arabia in the first match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Aren't you just the rebel, Robbie Williams?

He was singing and dancing in front of the crowd of 80,000 at Luzhniki Stadium (and millions watching him live on television worldwide) when Williams suddenly stared directly into one of the ground cameras and flipped his finger! During the FIFA World Cup opening ceremony, the former Take That singer chose to give the "one finger salute" to the entire world!

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"I think this would be acceptable to Fifa because the World Cup is about taking football to the people", the Confederation of African Football Executive Committee member told BBC Sport.

Williams also performed his hits "Let Me Entertain You" and "Feel" in Thursday's ceremony before the Russian and Saudi Arabian teams entered the pitch for the first of 64 matches.

Robbie Williams set the stage on fire with his favorite singles of all time and then started the curtain-raiser match of the evening as the host Russian Federation took on the Middle-East king Saudi Arabia.

Instagram Thomas Mueller of Germany plays with the ball during the Germany training session ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at CSKA Sports Base Vatatinki on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

Putin said "Russians love football" and for them it had been "love at first ever since the first official game in 1897". Around 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists will also be performing in an opening extravaganza that will pay homage to all things Russian. Saudi Arabia went on to lose that match 0-1. The United States Soccer Association included the stadium, which was one of nine sites of the 1994 World Cup (back then it was called Foxboro Stadium), in its list of possible venues for 2026.

It turns out that Robbie Williams has sparked outrage after appearing to give the finger to the camera during a performance at the World Cup opening ceremony.

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