The Saudi took the comment in stride, saying: 'No matter the outcome of today's match, we will still be satisfied because we achieve success in different spheres due to our joint work'.
The former Nigeria worldwide striker had earlier made an impassioned plea to the Congress to back a bid for another World Cup in Africa after South Africa hosted the 2010 tournament.
"I've done a lot in my career, and opening the FIFA World Cup to 80,000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream", Robbie said in a statement when FIFA announced him as the headliner.
For his next song "Angels", another 1997 hit, he was accompanied by Russian musician Aida Garifullina. Saudi Arabia went on to lose that match 0-1.
It is decided: the 2026 FIFA World Cup will take place in North America, not Morocco. I don't have to watch a single game I'll still say this is already the best", as a third continued: "I think Robbie Williams was p***ed off at the camera man. the bird flipped on live tv.
"Football is truly loved here".
Iker Casillas and Russian supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova brought the World Cup trophy onto the pitch in a Louis Vuitton travel case.
South Africa's opening ceremony focused on Africa's role as the cradle of humankind, but Russia's opening ceremony mostly contained references to soccer. Around 500 dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists will also be performing in an opening extravaganza that will pay homage to all things Russian.
It wouldn't be an opening ceremony without the stage being handed to some local talent. Sony Pictures has put a dedicated page for FIFA World Cup 2018 where football fans will get all the highlights, scores, match snippets, interviews and more.
I'm sure that would have gone over splendidly with Russian president Vladimir Putin, who may or may not be a secret billionaire. 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.