The 2018 FIFA World Cup gets underway on June 14, as the top nations in the world of soccer touch down in Russian Federation with one common goal: Hoisting that handsome golden trophy depicting two humans together holding the globe.
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.
Williams said he was "happy and excited" and that the performance was the fulfilment of a boyhood dream, promising an "unforgettable show". 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, which is scheduled for 18:00 (local time).
World Cup 2018 opening ceremony performers, start time and how to watch
The World Cup opening ceremony will have a slightly different format compared to previous editions of the tournament. One thing will remain the same, however: the underlying theme of celebrating not only football but also the host country, this time with a touching performance by one of Russia's most acclaimed young voices, Aida Garifullina.
Brazil, favourites to win the World Cup for a record-extending sixth time in Russian Federation, are the best-supported nation outside of the hosts and the US, with 72,512 tickets sold in that country.
Both the opening match and the final will be played at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, along with several other matches through both stages of the tournament.
However, any positive impact on the Russian economy from the World Cup is likely to be short-lived, according to credit rating agency Moody's, which analyzes the event's influence every four years.