June 14, 2018 21:20 IST

FIFA World Cup 2018 starts with colourful ceremony

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Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the FIFA World Cup open after a colourful opening ceremony at the 81,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium here on Thursday. Artistic performances from UK singer Robbie Williams and Russian operatic soprano Aida Garifullina were the highlights of the opening ceremony. Two-time FIFA World Cup champion Ronaldo of Brazil and Sweden legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic also attended. Former Spain captain Iker Casillas brought the trophy inside the ground. Credit: (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Artist perform during the opening ceremony prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Credit: (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Dancers perform at the opening ceremony prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Credit: (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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Performers at the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Luzhniki Stadium. Credit: (Photo by Stanislav KrasilnikovTASS via Getty Images)
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The opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at Luzhniki Stadium. Credit: (Photo by Stanislav KrasilnikovTASS via Getty Images)