Robbie Williams helped kick off the 2018 World Cup as Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium played host to the opening ceremony.

The former Take That singer played four songs and was joined on stage by Russian operatic performer Aida Garifullina during the ceremony, which took place immediately before Russia’s opener against Saudi Arabia.

Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at some of the best pictures from the opening ceremony.

Spanish World Cup winner Iker Casillas presented the trophy

Iker Casillas presented the World Cup trophy(Darko Bandic/AP)

The participating nations were represented

World Cup opening ceremony(Darko Bandic/AP)

A dancer balancing on a giant football while juggling regular-sized balls took centre-stage

World Cup opening ceremony(Matthias Schrader/AP)

Robbie Williams performed

Robbie Williams performs at the opening ceremony(Adam Davy/PA)
World Cup opening ceremony(Matthias Schrader/AP)
World Cup opening ceremony(Pavel Golovkin/AP)
World Cup opening ceremony(Darko Bandic/AP)

Aida Garifullina was carried towards the stage on a giant bird

World Cup opening ceremony(Victor Caivano/AP)

Before performing a duet with the Englishman

World Cup opening ceremony(Matthias Schrader/AP)

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo was there

World Cup opening ceremony(Antonio Calanni/AP)

As were FIFA president Gianni Infantino and Russia president Vladimir Putin

World Cup opening ceremony(Pavel Golovkin/AP)

Putin spoke to the crowd

Vladimir Putin speaks to the crowd(Adam Davy/PA)